2015 has gotten off to a brisk start. Here’s my report on week 2:
- We launched one in support of sacked hospital workers in Turkey — our first campaign of 2015. It’s already had 9,348 supporters in the last seven days and is likely to pass 10,000 shortly, making it our largest currently active campaign. The campaign appears in 18 languages, including Chinese for the first time in a very long time. PSI and EPSU added themselves as supporters after a few days. The campaign can be found here: http://www.labourstart.org/go/maltepe
- Today we’re launching another campaign in cooperation with IndustriALL, BWI and EFBWW, demanding that the merger of Holcim and Lafarge take workers’ rights into account. That campaign is here: http://www.labourstart.org/go/nomerger
- I closed the WIPO campaign after 3 months and 6,254 messages sent, but have not yet heard back from the union; we don’t know what effect, if any, the campaign had. It is unfortunate that sometimes our partners do this, and neglect to keep us and our supporters informed.
- We’ve gotten some volunteers and some ideas for our (almost) annual survey of trade union use of the net. More details next week.
- I’ll soon be publishing a detailed report on the results of our survey of LabourStart correspondents.
- A number of people have volunteered to help with our Global Labour Calendar for 2016. People have stepped up with ideas on how to print it, to help add labour history content to it, and to translate it — well done! More details coming soon.
- We’ve now exchanged contracts with Prof. Joe Atkins for The Strangers Among Us: Tales from a Global Migrant Labor Movement, a collection of essays which we will publish at the very end of this year.
- I’ve resumed work on getting out Global Crisis, Global Solidarity — our book of conference papers, long overdue.
- We’ve had some discussions about this; more details next week when I know them.
- We now have a Swedish-language Twitter feed and Facebook page which we’ll publicize next week.
- I had a full day with our senior correspondent in the Caribbean, Dave Smith, and we discussed a number of issues relating to LabourStart’s activities in that region.
- Dave pointed out a problem with the display of regional news on the Android app which I will fix.
- I have had an ongoing discussion with Como support about how the RSS feeds are displayed on our app. A similar discussion with Andromo support led them to make a change in how they handle RSS feeds which should take effect soon. Como and Andromo are two online tools we use (and pay for) to build our apps.