New Type of strikes ? IBM faces Second Life strike

24 08 2007

Rappresentanza Sindacale Unitaria IBM Vimercate (RSU), the official trade union representing IBM’s 9,000 workers in Italy, is planning a most novel form of industrial action – a strike on Second Life – and it wants as many avatars as possible manning the picket lines.

Details are sketchy as how this will work my initial reaction was to laugh but as company’s  use  web2.0  to market and communicate with the public – the register has some interesting comments on how this may actually work as a way to raise issues.

The RSU say (translation from the reg) origional is here (err comrades you need get the site to work better in Ie7)

It seems that the reasons for this first virtual strike are related to the renew of the internal agreement. While IBM is one of the company with major profits, its employees are receiving very few fruits of this big mountain of money.

The internal climate is below all the IT industries (taking advantages for the famous IBM’s competitor: HP), and the drop that overflowed the glass is the long and inconclusive negotiation for the internal agreement. While the works council, supported by the majority of IBM Italy employees, was asking for a small salary increase, IBM responded with the complete suppression of the “productive results benefit”, with a loss for a single employee of €1000 per year. For a company that wants to lead the corporate social responsibility, this is really too much.

wether this would work in the uk i’me not sure have avatars walk arounhd around uncle bens second life hang out and make cruel remarks about bt.com maybe 🙂 though I suspect Ben might have a job explaining web2.0 and social media to some board members.





Alan Sugar Encourages Bullying Bosses ?

22 08 2007

A could have been contender for king of  British technology entranapeurship has been blamed for a rise in the number of employment tribunals , as macho bosses copy the behavior seen on programs like the apprentice and land themselves with costly legal bills.

The number of ETs last year was 115,000 compared to 86,181 in 2004-2005, Employment Lawyer John Muir says that.

 Employers should not copy Alan Sugars behavior, they should remember that The Apprentice is purely a TV show and not real life. Employment law requires certain procedures to be adhered too”

Mandy Telford  from Unite added

” All employees deserve respect  and to be treated with dignity – the sort of bullying behavior seen on TV programs like The Apprentice can cave devastating”

Peppone Comments:

It’s sad the Sir Allen’s Amstrad could have been a contender in the world market but in the end the demands of producing a high quality PC/Computing product was to much for the short sighted mind set of the vast majority of uk Businesses and financiers.

Where are the British equivalents of Elon Musk who using the fortune he made from paypal  to enter the space race as a private individual – watching the test launches of space x over the internet late at night one brought back memories of the Apollo programme.

Original Story from the metro:





British Companies ‘failing India’s lowest caste workers’

21 08 2007

Leading British companies are being accused of supporting a system of  apartheid in India by failing to ensure that they treat members of the country’s lowest caste equally.

The International Dalit Solidarity Network (IDSN), which campaigns on behalf of the caste, pejoratively known as ‘untouchables’, says UK companies with operations in India are not monitoring their staff and are refusing to sign up to positive action to combat the problem. Dalits are often excluded from work in India and do not have the educational opportunities available to India’s middle classes.

The IDSN has approached Standard Chartered, which employs 15,000 people in India, HSBC (25,000), Shell (10,000), Barclays and ICI and asked if they monitor recruitment and workforces. It also asked them to sign up to the
10 so-called Ambedkar principles, which enshrine affirmative action against discrimination.

The Observer

One does wonder what BT Mahindra’s and other telecom’s companies policies are on this matter.





Increase in Statutory Holiday Entitlement

19 08 2007

The initial increase in statutory holiday entitlement from 4 to 4.8 weeks comes into force on 1st October 2007, with the second increase in entitlement from 4.8 to 5.6 weeks coming into force on 1st April 2009.

The Department for Business Enterprise & Regulatory Reform (previously the DTI) has now published a holiday entitlement ready reckoner on its website which enables employees to calculate their increased holiday entitlement.

It is reproduced below:

The statutory entitlement for a member of staff will depend on when their leave year begins; to work out the entitlement, read across the table from the start date of the leave year.

For example: A member of staff whose leave year begins on 1 April will have a holiday entitlement of:

Leave year start: 2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10
1 November 4.07 weeks 4.8 weeks 5.27 weeks 5.6 weeks
1 December 4.13 weeks 4.8 weeks 5.33 weeks 5.6 weeks
  2007 2008 2009 2010
1 January 4.2 weeks 4.8 weeks 5.4 weeks 5.6 weeks
  2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010
1 February 4.27 weeks 4.8 weeks 5.47 weeks 5.6 weeks
1 March 4.33 weeks 4.8 weeks 5.53 weeks 5.6 weeks
1 April 4.4 weeks 4.8 weeks 5.6 weeks 5.6 weeks
1 May 4.47 weeks 4.87 weeks 5.6 weeks 5.6 weeks
1 June 4.53 weeks 4.93 weeks 5.6 weeks 5.6 weeks
1 July 4.6 weeks 5 weeks 5.6 weeks 5.6 weeks
1 August 4.67 weeks 5.07 weeks 5.6 weeks 5.6 weeks
1 September 4.73 weeks 5.13 weeks 5.6 weeks 5.6 weeks
1 October 4.8 weeks 5.2 weeks 5.6 weeks 5.6 weeks

To work out the number of days you are entitled to, multiply the number of weeks given by the number of days usually worked (E.G. 4.2 weeks x 5 days = 21 days, 4.2 weeks x 4 days = 16.8 days etc).