Fighting precarious work – with a Thunderclap

25 Sep
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To help raise awareness of the problem of precarious work, IndustriALL Global Union has launched a Thunderclap for the World Day for Decent Work on 7 October.

A Thunder-what?

I’m guessing you’ve never heard of Thunderclap, so here’s the official explanation:

"Thunderclap is the first-ever crowdspeaking platform that helps people be heard by saying something together. It allows a single message to be mass-shared, flash mob-style, so it rises above the noise of your social networks. By boosting the signal at the same time, Thunderclap helps a single person create action and change like never before."

Is that clear? Maybe not. Thunderclap allows us to allow send out the same message on the same day and at the same time, automatically, to our friends and followers on social networks including Facebook and Twitter.

IndustriALL Global Union wants trade unionists and trade unions to sign up to their Thunderclap message on precarious work. The message is due to go out on 7 October, the World Day for Decent Work.

Their message reads:

"STOP Precarious Work! Defend your rights to a secure job. Join the global action on 7 October".

You can support this campaign by clicking here:


( Don’t see a link? Click on this: )

If you’ve never done this sort of thing before, you’ll see that you need to be logged into Facebook, Twitter or Tumblr (ideally, all three). And you’ll need to give the Thunderclap app permission to send out the IndustriALL message to your friends and followers at a specified day and time.

IndustriALL needs at least 250 of us to agree to go along with this. Otherwise, the Thunderclap won’t happen.

Among those who’ve already signed up are the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), the Trades Union Congress (UK), and LabourStart.

I’ve signed up and I hope you will too. Thank you.

Eric Lee

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