IBM Workers to Organize Global Union
According to the Alliance@IBM, a network of IBM unions around the world plans to meet in May to form a Global IBM Union.The Alliance@IBM has announced that an IBM super-union is in the early stages of being formed, to be known as the IBM Global Union Alliance. In a statement, the Alliance@IBM said a network of IBM unions worldwide, including the Alliance@IBM CWA Local 1701, will meet in Switzerland in May to form the IBM Global Union Alliance.
The statement released by Lee Conrad, national coordinator of the Alliance@IBM, said: "For many years IBM unions, including the Alliance, have worked together as a network of information and cooperation. The new Global Union Alliance, under the umbrella of the International Metalworkers Federation (IMF) and Union Network International (UNI) takes that network to another level and will include many more IBM unions. This past year new IBM unions have formed in Bulgaria, Chile and Argentina.
In a joint statement, the IMF and UNI said of the new Global Union: "As IBM has set itself up as a truly global company, trade unions also need to set up a truly global alliance cooperating to the maximum extent for the benefit of their members and IBM employees. This meeting creates an IMF/UNI Global Union Alliance at IBM of trade unions with members working for companies owned by IBM or companies in which IBM has a significant interest." According to the Alliance, the purpose is to express the determination/commitment of trade unions at IBM to work together at the global level based on shared values and objectives to strengthen communication and cooperation and to implement action coordinated by the IMF/UNI global union. Moreover, the union's objectives are:
- To engage IBM in dialog at global level.
- To pursue agreements with IBM at global level to improve working conditions of IBM employees worldwide.
- To raise levels of trade union membership at IBM.