Yesterday, thanks to the initiative of Silvana, I was invited to address the regular meeting of the Workers Group of the European Economic and Social Committee, a gathering of nearly 100 trade union leaders from all over Europe. LabourStart was given 30 minutes on the agenda and we followed their adoption of a statement on Greece. I spoke and showed a PowerPoint presentation (see it here as a PDF), and we distributed LabourStart flyers to all delegates. There was a lively discussion, and some were quite familiar with our work and praised it. Others were introduced to LabourStart for the first time and are keen to work with us, including the Lithuanian delegation.
Following the online campaigning course last week in Hattingen, Germany, we’ve heard from two participants — one from Malta who has begun translating our campaigns into Maltese, and one from the European Federation of Journalists who will be working with us on our next campaign.
Our Malaysia campaign continues to grow and is up to 6,459 supporters as of mid-day today.
Thanks to our ongoing ad campaign, we’re nearly up to 10,000 fans on Facebook — we have picked up 247 new fans in the last 8 days, and have just 110 to go.
We’ll be able to revive the Labour Video of the Year competition thanks to our ongoing partnership with the London Labour Film Festival, which takes place this year in September. More details soon.
The ILO office in Burma has asked permission to translate our book on the Global Labour Movement into Burmese and publish it there. We’ve agreed.
Finally, I visited this week with a London-based web design company which organized the recent Hack Day at Mozilla which had a trade union theme and at which we made a presentation. They’re keep to help with with technological issues and have some very interesting ideas (and a wealth of experience). We’re considering sharing office space with them, so this could be the beginning of a kind of partnership which could help us enormously.