Tech Workers Coalition Berlin
Tech Workers have a lot of potential power to change society. Anyone who identifies as a tech worker and is interested in learning how to build collective power or get involved in a campaign is welcome. Tech Workers are currently organising against gender pay gaps, workplace harassment, surveillance technologies, amongst other things.
Thursday, 15 August 2019
The third meeting of Tech Workers Coalition Berlin
Children are welcome. Unfortunately, it is not wheelchair accessible. We will try to ensure that future venue spaces are accessible.
- 18:45 - Brief introduction for newer folks
- 19:00 - Introduction, find note takers
19:10 - Working Group report back from Learning Club, Communications and Web.
- 19:25 - Climate Strike Breakout Group
- Identify message/theme
- Identify literature/stickers/promo material needed
- New logo/banner?
- 19:25 - Worker Inquiries Breakout Group
- Gain insight into immediate steps before workplace organising
- Have framework to identify different potential allies
20:00 - Report back to group discussion
- 20:15 - Announcements, Topics for future Meeting
- Progress on Russian, Polish and Italian translations of the website (more translations are welcome)
- Release is coming soon, including berlin.techworkerscoalition.org web address
- Help with communication requested: email, twitter, transparency (e.g. minutes, etc.)
- Facebook page coming soon
- MatterMost (Slack alternative) collaboration group coming soon
Group Activity: Map Your Workplace
Worksheet available here
Group exercise with focus on the physical work space and drawing its layout to discover how this might affect worker solidarity and organizing
Some insights from the meeting group:
- Note the distribution and location of managers
- Lots of tech companies with a love for glass walls
- Divisions in the workplace: by gender, race, German vs. non-German, between relatively privileged developers and other colleagues (e.g. call center, marketing, etc…)
- Ways to spot allies: listen for conflicts/ complaints during breaks, notice responses to complaints at open meetings
- Good locations for open discussion: away from managers, in large group settings, in the kitchen or other casual break spaces
- Bad locations for open discussion: near managers’ desks/offices, where conversations can be overheard through open windows in open office spaces
Ideas for a future group activity?
- Abstract mapping of the workplace by social/ power networks
Critical Workers Union
- Critical Radio, Live & Internet Podcast, potentially looking for guests on the show
- Tentative date for the next session is Sept 19 (open event)
- Separate working group
- Email for communication until we get an instance of MatterMost set up
- Looking for help with a banner, flyers, organising a bloc for the demo, participating in various events
Next TWC General Meeting (#4)
- Tentative date of 11 September, 2019
- Rotating facilitators found
Suggestions for future meeting topics:
- Climate Strike
- Social mapping of workplace by network of people
- Tech scene in Berlin
- Something else you want to discuss? Email us!