It’s been a very busy month for us at LabourStart, with progress made on several important fronts.
Next generation LabourStart
Our Android app was finally launched on 11 November, 19 days ago, and has over 550 active users at the moment. Nearly all the reviewers have given it five stars in the Google Play store, and all the written reviews have been positive. We’ve been answering comments and noting suggestions for improvement.
We have also launched (today) an Android app in Esperanto, and next week will launch the Norwegian version. We’ll be approaching translators for the major languages (French, German, etc) in the next few days.
We’ve purchased an annual subscription to use Como, which will allow us to quickly create apps for iOS as well as Android and we hope to have the iOS version of our app available soon.
Retreat in Tunis – 20-23 March 2015
We’ve finalized a survey for all LabourStart correspondents. This should go out next week.
We held a Skype conference call with organizers from North America, Europe and Australia to discuss this. And Eric and Gisela have had a couple of separate Skype calls as well to discuss.
We launched only one new campaign in November — in support of Wizz Air workers trying to have a trade union. After just four days it has 7,200 supporters and has already been translated into 14 languages. If you’ve not yet done so, please sign up to the campaign and spread the word in your union.
We did a big second round of publicity for our Deva (Turkey) campaign, and have boosted it to more than 10,000 supporters.
We closed the following four campaigns (details in posts below): Thailand – Andy Hall, Poland – LOT, Netherlands/Belgium – IKEA, Israel/Palestine – Zarfati Garage.
We discussed doing a campaign in support of Palestinian public sector workers with PSI, but nothing came of it.
We supported the IUF campaign on McDonald’s Korea with a mass mailing. With our help, that campaign is now up to 8,800 supporters.
We have been asked to help with campaigns in Georgia, Nepal and Iran — waiting for our partners at the moment.
Swedish: Espen and I visited Stockholm – see the full report below. There are now a number of recent Swedish language news stories on the site, and we continue discussions with Swedish unions. All our campaigns and mailings are now being translated into Swedish.
Italian: We’ve revived our Italian language campaigns and mass mailings — after a gap of three months — and launched three of these in November. We have around 30 volunteer translators at the moment, which is fantastic.
Finnish: One of our new correspondents in Finland has agreed to coordinate efforts there, so he’s been given the contact details for the other seven.
Esperanto: We’ve also resumed sending out mailings and translating campaigns in Esperanto after a long gap; our list there is now nearly 100 subscribers.
We continue to work together. In addition to having a Radio Labour page in the app, we now feature the latest Radio Labour broadcast on our home page in English, just under the top news stories.
Today in Labour History
While the database in French is comprehensive, we’re still missing data in English for many days — can anyone help with this?
Starting in January, we’ll begin work on a printed 2016 calendar which we’ll want ready for sale by Labo(u)r Day in North America.
Online campaigning course
We’ve submitted a proposal to the European Trade Union Institute, at their request, for a 3-day course for European Trade Unionists which will take place some time in 2015. More details soon.