Category: Mobile

The month in review – November 2014

It’s been a very busy month for us at LabourStart, with progress made on several important fronts.

Next generation LabourStart

androidOur Android app was finally launched on 11 November, 19 days ago, and has over 550 active users at the moment. Nearly all the reviewers have given it five stars in the Google Play store, and all the written reviews have been positive. We’ve been answering comments and noting suggestions for improvement.

We have also launched (today) an Android app in Esperanto, and next week will launch the Norwegian version. We’ll be approaching translators for the major languages (French, German, etc) in the next few days.

We’ve purchased an annual subscription to use Como, which will allow us to quickly create apps for iOS as well as Android and we hope to have the iOS version of our app available soon.

If you’ve not yet downloaded the app for your Android phone, please do so today: English / Esperanto

Retreat in Tunis – 20-23 March 2015

The first 20 people have been invited to attend.

We’ve finalized a survey for all LabourStart correspondents. This should go out next week.

We held a Skype conference call with organizers from North America, Europe and Australia to discuss this.  And Eric and Gisela have had a couple of separate Skype calls as well to discuss.

Campaigns

stopwizzWe launched only one new campaign in November — in support of Wizz Air workers trying to have a trade union. After just four days it has 7,200 supporters and has already been translated into 14 languages.  If you’ve not yet done so, please sign up to the campaign and spread the word in your union.

We did a big second round of publicity for our Deva (Turkey) campaign, and have boosted it to more than 10,000 supporters.

We closed the following four campaigns (details in posts below): Thailand – Andy Hall, Poland – LOT, Netherlands/Belgium – IKEA, Israel/Palestine – Zarfati Garage.

We discussed doing a campaign in support of Palestinian public sector workers with PSI, but nothing came of it.

We supported the IUF campaign on McDonald’s Korea with a mass mailing.  With our help, that campaign is now up to 8,800 supporters.

We have been asked to help with campaigns in Georgia, Nepal and Iran — waiting for our partners at the moment.

Internationalization

Swedish: Espen and I visited Stockholm – see the full report below. There are now a number of recent Swedish language news stories on the site, and we continue discussions with Swedish unions.  All our campaigns and mailings are now being translated into Swedish.

Italian: We’ve revived our Italian language campaigns and mass mailings — after a gap of three months — and launched three of these in November.  We have around 30 volunteer translators at the moment, which is fantastic.

Finnish: One of our new correspondents in Finland has agreed to coordinate efforts there, so he’s been given the contact details for the other seven.

Esperanto: We’ve also resumed sending out mailings and translating campaigns in Esperanto after a long gap; our list there is now nearly 100 subscribers.

Radio Labour

We continue to work together. In addition to having a Radio Labour page in the app, we now feature the latest Radio Labour broadcast on our home page in English, just under the top news stories.

Today in Labour History

While the database in French is comprehensive, we’re still missing data in English for many days — can anyone help with this?

Starting in January, we’ll begin work on a printed 2016 calendar which we’ll want ready for sale by Labo(u)r Day in North America.

Online campaigning course

We’ve submitted a proposal to the European Trade Union Institute, at their request, for a 3-day course for European Trade Unionists which will take place some time in 2015. More details soon.

Our new app – a best-seller, almost

In the last three days, 83 people have started using our new Android app, and 6 of them have reviewed it — and all 6 reviews gave it five stars.

In the Google Play Store, our app ranks 21st on the list of “Top New Apps” for the category “News and Magazines”. 

I’ve not yet done the big publicity mailing, which should reach about 10 times as many people as the publicity so far, so with any luck, we could pick up another 830 new users as a result of this.  This would push us toward a goal of 1,000 users of the app as soon as possible.

Here is what I’d like you all to do:

  • If you’ve not yet downloaded the app, and you own an Android phone or device, please do so today.
  • If you’ve downloaded it but not yet posted a review, please do so.
  • If you’d be interested to help with translations of the app into other languages, please let me know.
  • If you have any skills with app development, especially for other platforms (e.g., Apple iOS), please contact me.

Thanks!

The next generation of LabourStart is here – download it today!

If you have an Android phone or tablet, you’re invited to be among the first users of our new app, which you can download from the Google Play store:

http://www.labourstart.org/go/next

After you’ve installed it, please try out all the features.

If something’s not working or can be improved, please email me ([email protected]).  Constructive criticism is most welcome!

If you’re happy with our app, please post a review to the Google Play store and give it a high rating.

And of course — please spread the word in your union!

(This is the English version of the app; versions in other languages coming out soon.)

The month in review – October 2014

This report will be brief, but I hope I’ll be covering all the highlights of the month.

Next generation LabourStart: Our Android app is ready, and I’m making some final tweaks before submitting it to the Google Play store and elsewhere, and then publicizing it widely. I do think this is a huge step forward for us, we’ve gotten good feedback from those who’ve seen it, and mobile apps like this one are increasingly going to be our main platform.

2015 Retreat: We now have an organizing committee of 7 people, and have been putting together the basic elements. We’ll have a Skype conference call in November and will begin inviting people then.

Campaigns: We only launched two campaigns in October (as compared to 5 in September) — for the trade union at WIPO (5,813 supporters) and for workers at Zara in the USA (5,004 supporters). More campaigns are on the way, including another one from the ITF.  We gave a lot of help at the beginning of the month to IndustriALL, which was doing a Thunderclap on precarious work.

Fundraising: Some good news this month as the National Executive of Unison in the UK votes to give us £3,000 and the Norwegian union Industrie Energie votes to donate $5,000. In addition, Kevin Curran’s marathon run for us generated £1,202 (71 individual contributors).

Internationalization: We’re doing a lot of work to make sure the languages we campaign in and post news in stay alive, even when individuals who were doing the work drift away.  Big efforts were made to recruit new correspondents in Denmark and Finland this month with good results in the latter country.  Italian remains our biggest mailing list that is not getting regular mailings, so we appealed this week to our entire Italian list producing dozens of volunteer translators.

The next generation LabourStart is nearly ready for launch

AndroidAppHomePageThe screenshot on the left — that’s the next generation of LabourStart. 

This is how our thousands of readers around the world are increasingly accessing the net — and developing a mobile presence for us is a top priority.

Our new app shows our top news, gives access to our campaigns, allows you to listen to the most recent RadioLabour broadcasts, shows which union jobs are on offer around the world, and even links to all 8 ILO core conventions.  And of course there’s a page telling you all about LabourStart, full of links.

There’s more to come, including versions in other languages, ways to access news from specific countries, and so on.

But this version is nearly ready to submit to the Google Play store and is now being looked out by a team of 10 volunteers who will no doubt find errors and make suggestions.

If you have an Android smartphone or tablet and want to help us test our new app, please email me.

LabourStart in Numbers – September 2014

All our major mailing lists shrunk in September.

Every time we promote a campaign that’s not on our site (e.g., the IndustriALL Thunderclap, or the IUF and HKCTU campaigns on Hong Kong) the net result will be a decline in subscribers.  Some of the addresses will bounce, others will unsubscribe.  The only time we pick up new subscribers is when we run a campaign of our own — and only when that campaign is compelling enough to attract new supporters.

Mailing lists where there was no change are ones where there were no mailings — these are lists that we are not using because our volunteer translators have become inactive.  This is a particular problem with Italian, Korean and Chinese, all of which are lists with more than 1,000 supporters.

Growing lists are shown in green; shrinking lists are in red. The previous month’s total is in brackets.

Mailing lists [with 200 or more subscribers]

English: 85,095 [85,611]
French: 8,152 [8,188]
German: 5,502 [5,529]
Spanish: 5,278 [5,279]
Italian: 4,124 [4,124]
Turkish: 3,380 [3,454]
Korean: 3,080 [3,080]
Norwegian: 2,807 [2,853]
Russian: 2,480 [2,505]
Dutch: 1,687 [1,691]
Chinese: 1,106 [1,106]
Polish: 752 [734]
Finnish: 686 [684]
Japanese: 483 [483]
Arabic: 463 [463]
Portuguese: 353 [353]
Indonesian: 344 [338]
Hebrew: 267 [265]
Tagalog: 254 [254]
Farsi: 242 [242]

Social networks

Twitter followers

English: 13,125 [12,642]
Canada English: 3,511 [3,344]
Canada French: 571 [505]
USA: 405 [366]
French: 214 [212]
Indonesia: 99 [56]
Spanish: 74 [73]
German: 69 [61]
Japanese: 22 [23]
Russian: 18 [17]
Portuguese: 7 [7]

Facebook

Like LabourStart.org page (English): 8,891 [8,810]
Members of LabourStart group: 8,111 [7,917]
Like LabourStart page (French): 450 [439]
Like LabourStart page (German): 376 [363]
Like LabourStart page (Turkish): 141 [137]
Like LabourStart page (Hebrew): 111 [111]

UnionBook

Members: 5,820 [5,811]

LinkedIn

LabourStart group: 1,764 [1,714]

Flickr

Union group on Flickr: 785 [781]

Website

Correspondents: 746 [731]

Website traffic

LabourStart.org (Clicky)

Total visitors: 35,736 [36,270]

Where they come from:

USA 7,608 [8,197]
Canada 6,717 [5,712]
UK 4,526 [5,396]
Australia 2,134 [2,645]
Austria 1,484 [1,047]
Norway 1,391 [793]
Germany 932 [1,444]
Sweden 748 [–]
France 730 [741]
Belgium 619 [821]

Their operating systems:

Windows – 69.3 % [69.5%]
Mobile – 11.9% [12.2%] (iOS – 6.8% [7.1%] ; Android – 3.8% [3.8%])
Mac – 16.7% [16.2%]
Linux – 2.1% [2.1%]

LabourStartCampaigns.net (Clicky)

Total visitors: 25,324 [28,820]

Where they come from:

Canada – 4,787 [3,713]
UK – 3,939 [5,347]
USA – 3,541 [3,908]
Germany – 1,298 [1,0259]
Australia – 1,276 [1,876]
Belgium – 1,275 [1,547]
France – 1,043 1,335 [1,081]
Norway – 913 [637]
Spain 569 [–]
Switzerland 537 [–]

Their operating systems:

Windows – 67.6 % [66.8%]
Mobile – 19.7% [20.4%] (iOS – 11.0% [11.6%] ; Android – 7.4% [7.6%])
Mac – 10.6% [10.8%]
Linux – 2.1% [2%]

LabourStart in Numbers – July 2014

Mailing lists [with 200 or more subscribers]

English: 85,191 [85,258]
French: 7,917 [7,859]
German: 5,376 [5,242]
Spanish: 5,234 [5,176]
Italian: 4,098 [4,097]
Turkish: 3,450 [3,450]
Korean: 3,080 [3,081]
Norwegian: 2,839 [2,889]
Russian: 2,514 [2,525]
Dutch: 1,378 [1,369]
Chinese: 1,106 [1,105]
Finnish: 655 [655]
Polish: 640 [269]
Japanese: 483 [494]
Arabic: 451 [471]
Portuguese: 353 [353]
Indonesian: 325 [325]
Tagalog: 254 [254]
Hebrew: 248 [250]
Farsi: 242 [242]

Social networks

Twitter followers

English: 12,642 [12,455]
Canada English: 3,344 [3,273]
Canada French: 505 [465]
USA: 366 [344]
French: 212 [210]
Spanish: 73 [72]
German: 61 [58]
Indonesia: 56 [41]
Japanese: 23 [23]
Russian: 17 [17]
Portuguese: 7 [7]

Facebook

Like LabourStart.org page (English): 8,810 [8,763]
Members of LabourStart group: 7,917 [7,796]
Like LabourStart page (French): 439 [429]
Like LabourStart page (German): 363 [355]
Like LabourStart page (Turkish): 137 [137]
Like LabourStart page (Hebrew): 111 [108]

UnionBook

Members: 5,811 [5,793]

LinkedIn

LabourStart group: 1,714 [1,680]

Flickr

Union group on Flickr: 781 [782]

Website

Correspondents: 731 [725]

Website traffic

LabourStart.org (Clicky)

Total visitors: 36,270 [34,769]

Where they come from:

USA 8,197 [8,200]
Canada 5,712 [5,899]
UK 5,396 [4,655]
Australia 2,645 [2,313]
Germany 1,444 [1,160]
Austria 1,047 [729]
Belgium 821 [–]
Norway 793 [1,480]
Poland 754 [–]
France 741 [778]

Their operating systems:

Windows – 69.5 % [69.3%]
Mobile – 12.2% [12.6%] (iOS – 7.1% [7.5%] ; Android – 3.8% [3.8%])
Mac – 16.2% [16.1%]
Linux – 2.1% [2.1%]

LabourStartCampaigns.net (Clicky)

Total visitors: 28,820 [28,332]

Where they come from:

UK – 5,347 [4,094]
USA – 3,908 [3,628]
Canada – 3,713 [3,603]
Australia – 1,876 [1,474]
Poland — 1,608 [–]
Belgium – 1,547 [1,076]
France – 1,335 [1,081]
Germany – 1,025 [1,289]
Norway – 637 [1,081]
Ireland 584 [–]

Their operating systems:

Windows – 66.8 % [62.8%]
Mobile – 20.4% [25.2%] (iOS – 11.6% [10.5%] ; Android – 7.6% [13.2%])
Mac – 10.8% [10%]
Linux – 2% [1.9%]

The last 3 weeks in review: 8-29 July 2014

Summer is NOT a quiet time at LabourStart …

Campaigns:

  • We launched our Gaza Ceasefire campaign on 22 July; it is already our second largest active campaign.
  • We launched a campaign in defense of jailed Iranian trade unionist Reza Shahabi on 10 July.
  • The Ecuador campaign was closed after 3 months.
  • I’ve followed up with the translators for our top 15 languages, trying to make sure that as many campaigns as possible appear in as many languages as possible.
  • We did very well with the recent Turkish Georg Fischer campaign and promoted news of our victory to our list, as did with the victory at LATAM in South America.  That’s two victories this month that we contributed to.
  • Using a voucher we had from Google for some free advertising, we ran ads supporting out Polish LIDL campaign; they were seen by nearly 24,000 people, but only 103 clicked on the link.

Fund-raising:

  • We received a generous donation from Building and Woodworkers International (BWI) and from the Trade Union Advisory Committee to the OECD (TUAC).
  • We’ve had an offer from a well-known comrade to run a Marathon in Wales in October to raise funds for LS; more details soon.

Events:

  • Our under-utilized Events module just got better — now you can tag an event not only by country, but by state/province as well. You can see the results by checking out our UK/England news page.

News:

  • People noticed that visiting our home page took you to a URL that included ‘2013’. This has now been fixed and instead of ‘2013’ it says ‘news’. Most people will not have noticed.

Office:

  • I’ve been given warning that we’re to be kicked out of our offices very soon. I visited possible alternatives in Finsbury Park, Bethnal Green and Muswell Hill. I’m leaning towards working from home for a few months, which will save us several thousand pounds.

Speeches:

  • LS has been invited to provide a speaker for a Unifor event in Canada.  Derek will probably do it.
  • Eric has also been invited by the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) to help teach a course in Germany in September.

New contacts:

  • A comrade from a group in France called ReACT came to our offices for a meeting; we discussed many ways of cooperating.
  • I had a long meeting in London with the Morocco-based representative of the Solidarity Center; we discussed among other things the possibility of a correspondents’ meeting in the region, maybe in Tunis.
  • I followed up with all those who attended the IndustriALL communicators event last month in Italy, at which I spoke, and invited them to cooperate. Two replied, and we picked up a new correspondent in Cambodia as a result.

 

Books:

  • I’ve been encouraging comrades to post reviews of the Dan Gallin book on Amazon; some have already done so.
  • Even though book sales haven’t been amazing, for the first two months of our current financial year (June-July), book sales have made up about 10% of LabourStart’s income, though this is unlikely to continue.
  • I’ve begun adding reviews to the Gallin book to our page promoting the book — so far, only two.
  • I wrote to everyone who requested a review copy (PDF) and asked them to let me know when their reviews appear.
  • Thanks to Matt Heaney, the book is now on sale at ver.di’s bookshop, both off- and online.
  • I wrote to all 130 people who spoke at our Berlin conference reminding them that we want all their texts for our next book by the end of July.

Photo of the day:

  • For those who post these photos (mostly Derek) there’s now an explanation of how to post country-specific ones. If anyone wants to do this, email me and I’ll explain how it’s done.
  • The photo of the day is also now available on our mobile edition for the first time.

Enough for now … and now back to work …

 

LabourStart in Numbers – June 2014

Highlights:

* While most of our mailing lists are growing slowly or not at all, we saw a huge increase in our Korean list this month, now up to well over 3,000 addresses and our 7th largest list. The German list overtook Spanish to become our third largest list, as expected. A year ago, the German list had only 3,199 subscribers, so it’s gone up by over 2,000; the Korean list soared from 153 to over 3,000 in the same period. Meanwhile the English list has seen a net growth of just 5,000 in the same period.

* Our Twitter following continues to grow quite well. We’ve picked up almost 3,000 new followers to our main English feed in the last year.

* Traffic to our campaigns coming via mobile phones is soaring: we’re up to more than 1 in 4 people who visit our campaigns do so on a small screen device. More supporters of our campaigns come via iPhones than Mac desktops and laptops. Just three months ago, 18.6% of our campaign supporters came via mobile devices; today that’s 25.2%.

 

Mailing lists [with 200 or more subscribers]

English: 85,258 [85,334]
French: 7,859 [7,827]
German: 5,242 [5,147]
Spanish: 5,176 [5,150]
Italian: 4,097 [4,099]
Turkish: 3,450 [3,442]
Korean: 3,081 [2,122]
Norwegian: 2,889 [2,876]
Russian: 2,525 [2,525]
Dutch: 1,369 [1,355]
Chinese: 1,105 [1,073]
Finnish: 655 [655]
Japanese: 494 [494]
Arabic: 471 [469]
Portuguese: 356 [356]
Indonesian: 325 316 [265]
Polish: 269 [269]
Tagalog: 254 [254]
Hebrew: 250 [246]
Farsi: 242 [242]

Social networks

Twitter followers

English: 12,455 [12,272]
Canada English: 3,273 [3,191]
Canada French: 465 [445]
USA: 344 [304]
French: 210 [209]
Spanish: 72 [69]
German: 58 [58]
Indonesia: 41 [32]
Japanese: 23 [23]
Russian: 17 [17]
Portuguese: 7 [7]

Facebook

Like LabourStart.org page (English): 8,763 [8,710]
Members of LabourStart group: 7,796 [7,691]
Like LabourStart page (French): 429 [421]
Like LabourStart page (German): 355 [344]
Like LabourStart page (Turkish): 137 [135]
Like LabourStart page (Hebrew): 108 [108]

UnionBook

Members: 5,793 [5,780]

LinkedIn

LabourStart group: 1,680 [1,646]

Flickr

Union group on Flickr: 782 [778]

Website

Correspondents: 725 [714]

Website traffic

LabourStart.org (Clicky)

Total visitors: 34,769 [43,005]

Where they come from:

USA – 8,200 [9,670]
Canada – 5,899 [6,694]
UK – 4,655 [5,711]
Australia – 2,313 [2,630]
Norway – 1,480 [1,665]
Germany – 1,160 [3,126]
France – 778 [911]
Austria 729 [–]
Sweden 624 [–]
Ireland 586 [–]

Their operating systems:

Windows – 69.3% [68.3%]
Mobile – 12,6% [14.6%] (iOS – 7.5% [7.8%]; Android – 3.8% [4.8%])
Mac – 16.1% [15.1%
Linux – 2.1% [2.1%]

LabourStartCampaigns.net (Clicky)

Total visitors: 28,332 [32,148]

Where they come from:

UK – 4,094 [4,995]
USA – 3,628 [4,943]
Canada – 3,603 [3,698]
Korea – 1,638 [–]
Australia – 1,474 [1,644]
Germany – 1,289 [2,408]
Norway – 1,081 [–]
France – 1,081 [983]
Belgium – 1,076 [1,036]
Taiwan – 813 [–]

Their operating systems:

Windows – 62.8% [66.5%]
Mobile – 25.2% [20.9%] (iOS – 10.5% [8.9% ] ; Android – 13.2% [9.5%])
Mac – 10% [10.4%]
Linux – 1.9% [2.1%]

LabourStart in Numbers – May 2014

Mailing lists [with 200 or more subscribers]

English: 85,334 [85,670]
French: 7,827 [7,801]
Spanish: 5,150 [5,131]
German: 5,147 [5,069]
Italian: 4,099 [4,115]
Turkish: 3,442 [3,440]
Norwegian: 2,876 [2,878]
Russian: 2,525 [2,524]
Korean: 2,122 [2,122]
Dutch: 1,355 [1,349]
Chinese: 1,073 [1,073]
Finnish: 655 [609]
Japanese: 494 [494]
Arabic: 469 [390]
Portuguese: 356 [351]
Indonesian: 316 [265]
Polish: 269 [269]
Tagalog: 254 [254]
Hebrew: 246 [243]
Farsi: 242 [242]

Social networks

Twitter followers

English: 12,272 [11,995]
Canada English: 3,191 [3,067]
Canada French: 445 [432]
USA: 304 [252]
French: 209 [209]
Spanish: 69 [66]
German: 58 [48]
Indonesia: 32 [26]
Japanese: 23 [23]
Russian: 17 [17]
Portuguese: 7 [7]

Facebook

Like LabourStart.org page (English): 8,710 [8,633]
Members of LabourStart group: 7,691 [7,511]
Like LabourStart page (French): 421 [418]
Like LabourStart page (German): 344 [315]
Like LabourStart page (Turkish): 135 [134]
Like LabourStart page (Hebrew): 108 [105]

UnionBook

Members: 5,780 [5,760]

LinkedIn

LabourStart group: 1,646 [1,625]

Flickr

Union group on Flickr: 778 [774]

Website

Correspondents: 714 [703]

Website traffic

LabourStart.org (Clicky)

Total visitors: 43,005 [40,845]

Where they come from:

USA – 9,670 [9,419]
Canada – 6,694 [7,245]
UK – 5,711 [5,478]
Germany – 3,126 [1,671]
Australia – 2,630 [2,670]
Norway – 1,665 [1,562]
France – 911 [871]
Indonesia – 853 [760]
Netherlands — 813 [–]
Belgium — 738 [718]

Their operating systems:

Windows – 68.3% [68.9%]
Mobile – 14.6% [13.8%] (iOS – 7.8% [7.2%]; Android – 4.8% [4.7%])
Mac – 15.1% [15.4%]
Linux – 2.1% [1.9%]

LabourStartCampaigns.net (Clicky)

Total visitors: 32,148 [33,523]

Where they come from:

UK – 4,995 [4,679]
USA – 4,943 [4,343]
Canada – 3,698 [4,980]
Germany – 2,408 [3,292]
Australia – 1,644 [1,450]
Indonesia — 1,643 [–]
Spain – 1,282 [1,153]
Belgium – 1,036 [1,186]
France – 983 [1,224]
Italy – 897 [884]

Their operating systems:

Windows – 66.5% [68.5%]
Mobile – 20.9% [18.8%] (iOS – 8.9% [9.8%] ; Android – 9.5% [7.7%])
Mac – 10.4% [10.6%]
Linux – 2.1% [2.1%]