From the TUC

Unions online

How are union members using the Internet?

02 Mar 2013, By

Unions that want to communicate with their members using the new technologies face a problem. And the problem is that we don’t actually know very much about how our members use the Internet. Of course there are general surveys and studies which show that masses of people use Facebook and Twitter, that smartphones and tablets…

Read in full

Stop the net grab

12 Nov 2012, By Guest

We tend to take the internet for granted as a tool for solidarity, not least when it comes to people seeking justice where union rights and other freedoms are repressed.  In places where being seen to talk with a union organiser can cost your job, or worse, the net often provides a form of sanctuary…

Read in full

Blog Action Day: What the Power of We means for unions

15 Oct 2012, By Guest

As part of Blog Action Day, Owen blogged earlier today on the ‘Power of We’ and that trade unions are the manifestation of the ‘we’ at work.   What does the ‘we’ at work actually mean and how do unions think about this to make us stronger?

Cyber activism or digital friends?

17 Jul 2012, By

New digital technologies are opening up different ways for supporters to join and affiliate with parties and other political organizations. This is occurring in two main ways: 1) through ‘purpose built’ hub sites developed by organisations through which they can recruit volunteers and support and individuals sign up with an email address 2) through the…

Read in full

Unions and the Netroots: Growing together?

06 Jul 2012, By

Last Saturday the TUC’s conference centre played host to Netroots UK 2012, a gathering of online activists from across the progressive movement. Hundreds of campaigners spent a whole day networking, training and debating strategy – a unique chance for trades unionists, political activists, local anti-cuts campaigns, environmentalists, direct action groups, equality organisations and many more…

Read in full

Live and striking: Unions live blogging 30 November

30 Nov 2011, By

Today’s Day of Action on public service pensions is the biggest strike in a generation, so it’s going to set a lot of firsts, but one I’ve noticed is how connected the day is going to be online. Many unions are going to be maintaining liveblogs to keep their members in the loop, and many…

Read in full

Occupy! Occupy! Occupy!

16 Nov 2011, By Guest

If I were to say the words ‘Occupy (insert location here)’ to you, what would first spring to mind?  Is it the rows of tents in public places, the mini villages of protest or a hashtag? I’ve been mulling over this question, especially in light of finishing teaching our Communications and Campaigns course where we’ve been…

Read in full