date: 22 April 2008
embargo: For immediate release
May Day (Thursday 1 May) sees the launch of Union Island, an innovative new trade union project to build a home for unions and activists in the virtual world Second Life™.
Union Island will host the first ever virtual May Day, a day of training, networking and celebration to bring activists from the global union movement together in a way never before possible.
Events planned for the day include:
Union Island plans to use Second Life to create a community for trade unionists, which will let activists from around the world meet and work together on shared issues in the global economy. The project also aims to use the virtual world to present union campaigns to a new audience and enable a new generation of online activists to have more input into union activities.
TUC Deputy General Secretary Frances O'Grady said: 'Trade unions are all about people coming together to make things better, and online networks offer a powerful and cost-effective way for us to forge new links. As more businesses embrace virtual worlds such as Second Life to foster international networking and collaboration, it will be natural to find unions there too.'
UNI Global Union General Secretary Philip Jennings said: 'UNI Global Union's member unions around the world are constantly innovating, to show their relevance to today's members and tomorrow's potential members.'
NOTES TO EDITORS:
Second Life is an interactive 3D environment used by millions of people around the world (as well as thousands of companies and organisations) to chat, network, create, conduct business or play games. www.secondlife.com
Union Island is a joint project of the TUC, UNI Global Union and the New Unionism Network, supported by unions from the UK, Germany and Italy.
You can find a full programme of events for virtual May Day, as well as more information on the project and a direct link to Union Island at www.slunionisland.org
John Wood T: 020 7467 1269 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Unionisland Republic (Union Island spokesperson in Second Life)
Press release (600 words) issued 22 Apr 2008
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