If you need to meet online, because you can’t get together physically. you can use our web conferencing facility.

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We are actively working to develop technology that helps union activists to organise. If you need to meet online, because you can’t get together physically. we have a web conferencing facility.

If your union branch is affiliated to USi, you can use our web conferencing for your meetings.

Just give us a heads up ahead of time, so we can make sure the room isn’t double booked.

This is what the web conference looks like: you can upload documents or presentations, and speak by voice or chat.

The Global Labour Institute Commission using our web conferencing facility to host a meeting

The Global Labour Institute Commission using our web conferencing facility to host a meeting

Instructions for logging on

On the right side of the home page there is a box called Big Blue Button, with a drop down list of meeting rooms. Select the meeting called Union Meeting.

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Type in your name, and the password.

  • The participant password is solidarity.
  • The moderator’s password is organise.

The moderator chairs the meeting, and can upload documents and presentations, and allow other users to speak.

Click ‘Join’, and you will be redirected to the web conference. It will take a few seconds to connect to the server and log you in to the conference.

You will see this message:

server

 

A window will pop up asking permission to use your web cam and microphone, as well as the opportunity to choose devices and edit preferences. Allow, and click ‘join audio’. If possible, use a head set, as computer speakers can cause feedback.

Your web cam won’t come on automatically. There is a camera icon in the top left hand corner of the screen. If you click that a video window will open with a ‘play’ button at the bottom. If you click that your video will go live.

camera

Using a web cam and mic is optional – if you choose not to use them, you can still communicate by chat. The conversation will be moderated.You can ask questions by typing them in the chat area to the right of the screen, or by clicking the hand icon to indicate you wish to speak.

Please join us – we look forward to speaking to you.

Here is a video guide to logging on to Big Blue Button:


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Walton Pantland

South African trade unionist living in Glasgow. Loves whisky, wine, running and the great outdoors. Walton did an MA in Industrial Relations at Ruskin, Oxford, and is interested in how trade unions use new technology to organise.

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