Several people have complained that they were unable to fill in our campaigns on their mobile phones. We were not able to reproduce the problem, but as it kept coming up, we have to assume that certain phones under certain circumstances will have an issue. As a result, there’s now a fairly prominent link on the English campaigns to a page that according to 3 people who tested it, does work. All the campaigns in other languages use that same page, so no one should have issues other than English speakers, and it was fewer than 10 people reporting the problem.
A comrade at a British trade union pointed out that you can no longer see how many supporters we had for a campaign that’s been closed. This has now been fixed — see, for example, our recent Gaza campaign. If there’s no campaign total, there’s a link to click on to generate one, as needed.
Finally, I’ve long wanted to create a proper system for our volunteer translators to submit their campaign translations. Some of them — a minority — go directly into our system and add campaigns. But most still send on campaigns by email, often as attached Word documents. Some of the translators continue to translate too much — including bits of the interface that are already translated. Some try to embed photos or change fonts, when this is already part of the built-in interface. It’s not clear to some of the translators what’s optional (e.g., the default message to the target). And sometimes the translations come through and it’s not clear to me what’s what (especially in non-Latin character sets). That’s why I’ve introduced this. (Feel free to have a look, but do NOT submit a translation.)
We don’t always do this (but we should) — when a campaign closes, we should say why and if we can, offer something else people can do.
See the upper right corner of this campaign to see what I mean.
This really is a coincidence, I think.
After years of almost no contact with the Polish labour movement, we now find ourselves hosting three campaigns in defense of workers in Poland:
- Poland: LOT sacks union leader (launched today at the request of the ITF) – please publicize this link: www.labourstart.org/go/lot
- Poland: Solidarity with workers at Lidl - 7,378 supporters
- Poland: Stop union-busting at Chopin airport - 4,794 supporters
Mass mailing is going out soon …
Unions in the Netherlands and Belgium have called for a major online campaign to target IKEA, which is engaging in the practice of “social dumping”.
The campaign’s being launched to coincide with the ITF congress taking place in Sofia, Bulgaria this week.
Please spread the word.
The subject line sort of says it all.
Let’s do what we can to make this one of our larger campaigns: http://www.labourstart.org/go/swaziland
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At the request of WAC-MAAN, we’ve launched this important new campaign today.
Summer is NOT a quiet time at LabourStart …
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 …
Remember our campaign in support of Georg Fischer workers in Turkey? We launched it only a little more than 3 months ago, and it got around 9,000 supporters.
As we wrote then, “Swiss-based multinational Georg Fischer has vindictively punished Lastik-Is trade union members for organizing workers at its Turkish subsidiary called Georg Fischer Hakan Plastik.”
We ended the campaign not long ago and now IndustriALL is reporting a victory.
Their report includes this sentence: “9,000 supporters joined the IndustriALL-LabourStart campaign to write to Georg Fischer to demand a fair collective agreement and an end to union busting of Lastik-Is, which belongs to the Turkish national centre, DISK.”
Well done, comrades. I’ll publicize this to our supporters in a day or two.