I’ve just come back from two days in Brussels where I had meetings at the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) and also with Silvio Gonzato, Director of Human Rights and Democracy at the European External Action Service.
ETUI will be holding a course which I proposed at the DGB (German national trade union centre) education center in Hattingen from 24-26 June 2015 which will focus primarily on LabourStart campaigns — and which will culminate in the live launch of an actual campaign. Invitations will go out in the next month or two.
Also ETUI has offered extensive cooperation with us in the holding of our 2015 Strategic Retreat — more details soon. A big thanks to Silvana for all her help setting up these important meetings and deepening our cooperation with European trade union institutions.
In other news this week, we picked up nearly 300 new subscribers to our mailing lists. Our Lafarge Holcim campaign has now grown to over 8,000 messages; our Turkish health care workers campaign is one of our largest with 10,340 supporters; and we’ll shortly be closing our USA Zara campaign which only got 7,769 supporters in the three months it was online.
We’re making slow progress on publications — we have a Flickr group set up to receive candidate photos for our Global Labour Calendar; work continues on the migrant labour book; I’m waiting for some more documents before we can progress on our Global Crisis, Global Solidarity book.
We published links to an average of 193 news stories per day, every day in January so far, for a total of over 5,400 news stories. 74 of our correspondents have been active posting news in January — out of 763 correspondents. In other words, over 90% of the correspondents did not post news in January. Of those who did, 12 posted 100 or more stories. If you’re reading this and are an inactive LabourStart correspondent and need help (don’t remember your password, or have forgotten how to add news), please don’t hesitate to write to me – [email protected].