Lockdowns have prompted union organisers to look anew at technologies that help connect workers together in communication, solidarity and struggle. We have previously published, for example, reflections on how messenger and video conferencing tools can be adapted to make organising more inclusive and that these lessons should be taken forward into a post-Covid world.
In this episode of Talking Shop we are joined by Henry from the exciting new initiative Strike Map UK – a digital platform that aims to publicise and amplify the activity of the trade union movement in the UK. Strike Map was set up as a tool for rank-and-file trade unionists and aspires to be a worker-controlled resource to make organising and action for workers more accessible. Henry explains what motivated him and his colleagues to set up the project, how it is adapting and changing to the challenges created by Covid and what are his aspirations for the project moving forward.
If you would like to submit an action to Strike Map UK you can do so here – https://strikemap.wordpress.com/2020/12/18/submit-a-strike-for-our-map/
Strike Map also hosts its own “Stories from the Picket Line” series.
You can watch Strike Map’s first episode of ‘Comrades’ here.