No, not the Olympics. But Euan Gibb has been hard at work for the last year promoting LabourStart to Brazilian trade unionists and he’s produced an impressive report on what’s been accomplished so far.
I know that our volunteer correspondents trawl the net every day and find over 200 labour news stories every day, which is amazing. Many of them are already familiar to people who follow the news, but we add value by offering comprehensive coverage of stories that otherwise get little play.
But this story is exactly the sort of thing our readers won’t normally come across, that’s not being talked about on the traditional left and labour websites, and yet is the classic example of a labour news story.
Thanks to our correspondent Andrew Casey for finding it!
LabourStart editor Eric Lee will be travelling (to Philadelphia, for the Democratic National Convention) from today and will return to London on 31 July. He’ll have email the entire time he’s on the road, but people should refrain from contacting him except in urgent cases. Thanks for understanding.
Last week I was having some difficulty uploading files to our server (based in Iceland) which hosts labourstartcampaigns.net.
Our provider changed our login details — but what I didn’t realize at the time was that this also affected every script (programme) on our campaigns website.
So some of you may have noticed one or two things not working, relating to our database of campaign supporters (for example, scripts showing how many supporters each campaign has). This has now been fixed, and every script now has the correct login details.
LabourStart’s Global Solidarity Conference in Toronto in May was still going on when we began discussions about where and when to hold the next one. We have nothing firm to report just yet, but a heads up to all of you: we are hoping to hold it around November 2017 in Hong Kong. More details when we have them.
Here are the number of supporters for each of our current campaigns, broken down by language:
(You may want to right-click on that image above and open it in a new tab to make it more legible.)
As you can see, we currently have 7 campaigns running, all of them launched during the last 3 months. Only one of them, the Uzbekistan campaign, has gotten over 10,000 messages sent. The second most successful campaign — and trailing far behind — is the Peru campaign, which over 7,500 messages sent. All of the others lag significantly behind.
Some of this will be fixed as I complete some of the translations and mailings to our Spanish and German lists, which are quite large. But we can expect a drop-off as we enter the summer months in the northern hemisphere.
We need to do some creative thinking about how we ramp up all our campaigns to be 10,000 supporters at least, and how we break our record, set nearly three years with this campaign, of almost 22,000 messages sent.
LabourStart has always been designed to work on every device — desktop and laptop PCs, tablets, smartphones. But we recently started receiving reports from some BlackBerry users that they were no longer able to access our campaigns on their phones.
This turned out to be due to our SSL certificate being rejected — that’s the certificate that allows us to use the https:// prefix for our campaigns, which makes the transmission of user information more secure. Our friends at WebArchitects rushed to our rescue, changing the way our certificate is done. And the result is that once again, everyone can support our campaigns — even BlackBerry users!
P.S. If you ever want to test our SSL security for the campaigns website, you can do so here. But be aware — it takes a few minutes for the test to complete. We’re currently rated A+, which is pretty good, I imagine.