It was my intention to update the blog weekly, but that hasn’t happened for the last few weeks, so here are short reports on the first month of spring …
- English: Andromo has made the fix we requested which will stop closed campaigns from showing in the app. I need to test this fully the next time we close a campaign, which will be next week, and once I’m satisfied that this works, the new version of the app will go live in the Google Play store.
- Norwegian: I did a lot of work on the Norwegian language Android app, which will serve as a model for our apps in other languages. It’s very nearly done.
- Even though the Rio Tinto campaign has been closed down, I’ve helped IndustriALL keep up the pressure by publicizing and participating in their recent protest in London at the Rio Tinto AGM.
- The closed Turkish hospital campaign was reopened for a couple of weeks at Gisela’s request, as Ver.di was going to help publicize the campaign. Unfortunately, after a full week online, only 6 additional supporters have signed up to the campaign.
- At the request of IndustriALL, I’ll let the Holcim campaign run for another few weeks.
- PSI has helpfully offered to publicize the Swaziland campaign which we launched at the request of the ITUC on 24 March. That campaign is growing slowly and has just 6,733 supporters today.
- European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) course on online campaigning in June: This is a course we helped developed and run, and for the first time we’ve been given the green light to publicize it. I’ve done this with emails and through social media, repeatedly, in the last few weeks. LabourStart correspondents who are based in Europe should apply to attend.
- I also publicized the Global Labour University course at their request.
- We’ll do our annual fundraising appeal next week; I’ve sent around a request for thoughts to a few senior correspondents and will shortly be circulating a draft appeal.
- This has been growing slowly as we’ve only had one new campaign in this period. New campaign supporters continue to be added on a weekly basis.
- I don’t normally report on this, but we should never forget how much work is being done every day by our volunteer correspondents. So far in April (first 20 days), 65 of our 775 volunteer correspondents have posted 4,002 news stories to LabourStart — averaging 200 stories per day, or 61 per correspondent so far this month. Leading the pack are some very active correspondents including Andrew Casey (809), Olivier Delbeke (718), Derek Blackadder (517), Roy Nitzberg (392) and Ginger Goodwin (203).
- Europe: Thanks to Silvana’s initiative, I’ve now met with senior figures in the European Economic and Social Committee Workers’ Group, and have been invited to address the group — which consists of trade unionists from across Europe — in July. Two EESC staffers are now LabourStart correspondents.
- Italy: Silvana has done some excellent work reaching out to Italian trade unions – a more detailed report is coming soon.
- We’ve done a lot of work to prepare for the LabourStart retreat in Brussels in September, working closely with ETUI on this.
- This is a possible new project we might help with – especially with publicity. We’re working closely with the New Unionism Project on this. More details soon.