We’re now up to 352 registered participants from 58 countries with the largest groups coming from Germany (77), the UK (49) and Nigeria (31).
Because of the very large number of people who’ve signed up to come from Africa, we’ve actually done a mailing to all of them and have recruited some new correspondents. We’ve also been warned that some of these will not be representatives of genuine independent and democratic trade unions and are showing caution in who gets invitation letters (to get a visa into Germany).
Because of number of registrants we did consider moving the conference to a larger venue, but the majority of members of the organizing committee decided to stick with our current venue.
We’re still putting together the agenda, organizing solidarity housing for the 147 registrants who requested it, working on the visas, dealing with interpretation into the various languages, and much more.
Only 3 months to go!
- It seems like we’re about to launch a new campaign in support of workers in Korea — details coming soon.
- We were going to close down the Sri Lanka campaign today, after three months, but IndustriALL has requested an extension.
- We received a lovely email from the union at the Labatt brewery where our campaign helped them win their very long strike — and we emailed our entire list about this win.
- We also received a message updating the Huber Ballesteros campaign (see below).
- We closed two campaigns — Mexico and a UK-only campaign but haven’t gotten updates back from either union. It’s very important that unions which request campaigns from us report back to us on a regular basis and particularly when a campaign ends.
New language: We now have LabourStart in Hungarian — with some news already added by our only senior correspondent who speaks the language …
News interface: Now available in Italian for our Italian-speaking correspondents.
MailChimp: We’ve had our first mailings done by users other than me (which I need to approve) and these have been successful. It’s great to share the load here.
Donations: I’ve now fixed the donations page so that if you’re donating in US dollars, the USA becomes your default country; if in Australian dollars, Australia is your default country, and so on. This had been causing problems for some Americans trying to donate by credit card via PayPal.