International conferences are costly – all of you participants, booking your hotels, flights and train tickets bear part of the cost. We are trying to keep this conference affordable to participants, raising no participation fee, looking for places for solidarity housing – and yes, at this conference there will be a free lunch.
Still, there is a lot of cost – first and foremost interpretation, which we are working to ensure at the best possible level, but also technical equipment, food, and many smaller items.
LabourStart is being run and financed by volunteers and voluntary contributions. We need your help for this conference as well.
Our conference leaflet (here in all available languages) and the registration form are now online in Polish and French respectively. Please do forward the leaflet to your Polish- and French-speaking comrades – we would be very happy to welcome big delegations from these two neighbouring countries as well at the conference.
You miss your language on the website? Please contact us if you can help with translations
We have now uploaded our beautiful and militant conference logo in the download area. You can download or link to there to create a banner for your union’s website and thus support and promote the conference.
You will also find the conference flyer for download there. Please spread the word!
As part of building our presence in German-speaking countries, LabourStart is now on Facebook and Twitter in German, too! Both accounts use the name LabourStartDE. We are sharing news about the conference there, but also on LabourStart campaigns and on Labour News we find interesting and worth promoting. These two accounts are also a tool to promote our campaigns – please like, share and retweet!
We have now made block bookings in a budget hotel and a hotel/hostel, both near the conference venue at ver.di headquarters. These are reserved until end of February and end of April respectively. Late May is the height of the tourism season and several trade fairs take place parallely with our conference, so please make sure to book your accomodation early.
For those who have indicated interest in solidarity housing, we beg your patience – we are working on setting this up and will let you know more details asap.
Preparation of the conference is making good progress – ver.di has granted their headquarters as venue for the conference, and the organising committee is working on contacting partner organisations and setting up a programme (the programme section will be updated soon accordingly), which promises to cover a wide array of topics and trigger vivid discussions. If you have any suggestions for speakers and/or workshops, let us know in the registration form or by email. We hope to include also a bit of political sightseeing and some cultural event, which are all work in progress!
We have opened registration and have already received dozens of registrations – for those who have already registered we ask a bit of patience before we can come back to you with more details. Those who haven’t done so yet can do it here.
And we have set ourselves a goal which normally shouldn’t be ambitious but in reality is not met by most conferences and congresses – we will have 50% women speakers at all panels and in all workshops. If you want to check out whether we will be able to do this – come to the conference!
In May 2014, LabourStart will hold its next Global Solidarity Conference in Berlin.
The goal of this conference, as for previous ones, is to provide a forum where trade union activists from different countries can meet and discuss the most important issues facing the international labour movement. Continue reading →