I’ve decided to post weekly reports on what’s going on at LabourStart — please feel free to share these with colleagues and friends. 2015 is going to be one our busiest years ever — and here’s the first week …
Retreat – Tunis: We’re moving on this; I’ve sent the necessary letters regarding hotels and meeting space to our friends in the UGTT in Tunisia. More on this next week.
We’re using two different app-building platforms each of which has drawbacks. Como builds both for Android and iOS, but it handles RSS feeds badly (it takes two clicks, not one, to show a news story.) I’ve written to them to get help on this.
Meanwhile, Andromo which is better (and has improved at my suggestion how they cache RSS feeds, because at the moment they show our closed campaigns) unfortunately only works in Android. This is what is holding up the release of our iOS app (approved by the Apple store, but I’m not satisfied with how it works) and our apps in other languages.
Meanwhile, our Android app has been published in the Amazon store, so users of Amazon’s devices (Kindle, Firephone, etc) can use it; also, users of Blackberries can get their version of the app there.
Publications: We’ll probably begin work on the 2016 Global Labour Calendar this coming week. Anyone who’s willing to help is invited to post comments below. We’re also working on two books we’re committed to getting out this year — one on migrant workers, and one with papers and speeches from our Berlin conference last May (long delayed, I know). (Thanks to Derek for helping on this.)
Survey of trade union use the net: I’ve suggested we consider doing this again; so far, three people have volunteered to help, so next week we’ll probably start work on this again. (Thanks to Derek, David and Gerhard.)
Italian LabourStart: We now have a Twitter feed and and an email address, and a group of committed correspondents and translators. The Italian mailing list is our fourth-largest with over 4,000 addresses, and we’re keen to grow it and to be more useful to the Italian unions. (Thanks Silvana and Andrea.)
Guidelines for new correspondents: This has now been translated into Spanish. (Thanks David).
Survey of LabourStart correspondents: I’ll make the results available in a few days, but one result is clear: most people do want a discussion forum. I’ve looked into a couple of the better known options, but will be asking for volunteers to help with this project. (Thanks to Gisela for doing the survey.)
Online campaigns course: I’ve begun planning for a meeting in Brussels later this month with the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) which has agreed to hold a 3-day course in Germany for European trade unionists.
Brazil project: As you may know, we have received a grant to do some work building LabourStart in Brazil. I’ve started writing to our contacts there.
LabourStart in Numbers: I’ve done the last monthly report; from now on, this will be done every quarter.