Unions: The way to hack society's operating system

Presented by Robert Lechte
Thursday 4:45 p.m.–5:30 p.m. in Medium Lecture Theatre CB11.00.401
Target audience: Community


Lots of people who make software want to make a better world. We're attracted to Linux and open source because we want community solidarity and because we want to build things in the interests of the common good rather than the interests of shareholders or short term profit. And we all know that in software lies power: More than any other job, software developers have the power to shape the future. And yet, we're throwing away power because we don't unionise and organise and stand up for our rights at work. Why let our bosses keep all the power? Why squander our ability to be a powerful political voice? Why let our bosses control the technology, make all the decisions, and take all the money the we software workers generate through our long hours of labour? Why do we allow ourselves to work unpaid overtime on projects and force us to sit in horrible open plan offices? I'll talk about the importance of unionising and organising, and how to build a movement that gives us real power against the bosses and the ruling class, helping us build better software, better communities, and a better future.

Presented by

Robert Lechte

Python coder, data massager, open sorcerer, Postgres fanboy, opinion haver, union thug, peanut butter enthusiast, unrelenting critic. Robert makes software for the union movement in Melbourne. Robert likes talking about software at length, especially his own. He likes talking about politics even more. Some say his ideas cannot be truly explained, only experienced. But he'll try to explain anyway, with slides.