Aug
04
2021
0

Book of the month, labour history, and 3 new campaigns: Another week for LabourStart

Since last Wednesday we’ve had a very busy week …

Chile: We’ve had full coverage of the strike at the world’s largest copper mine, and have publicised that fact across social media.

Egypt: We’ll be exploring the possibility of new campaign with our friends at the CTUWS.

Europe: We’ve continued running with the Fedex/TNT campaign for at least another month, at the request of the ETF.

Hungary: We expect to shortly launch a campaign in support of workers who’ve been forbidden to strike – at the request of the European Transport Workers’ Federation.

Kazakhstan: We closed the campaign in all languages, but may need to do another as the issues have not been resolved.

Malawi: We added a new correspondent from the journalists’ union.

Romania: Our mailing list in Romanian grew by several hundred due to the campaign we’re running in support of Bucharest metro workers.

Sweden: We’ve responded favourably to the request for a campaign and are expecting something quite soon.

Adding news: We’ve cleaned up the pages where correspondents add news, dropping a lot of extraneous material.

Book of the month: We’ve started promoting a book of the month — on our home page, across social media and soon, in a mailing. The authors of ‘Dying for an iPhone‘ are delighted.

Campaigns: We’ve shared a piece Derek wrote — Ten Reasons Why Unions Should Use LabourStart for Online Campaigns — on our home page.

Country news: Our country news page was not rendering correctly on small screens (like smartphones); this has now been fixed.

Donations: We followed up with appeals to several global unions, and BWI committed to a donation again this year.

Internationalisation: Our Hebrew home page had many problems, with far too much English and texts aligning on the wrong side of the page — all of this now fixed this week, as we move to other languages one by one.

LabourStart Jobs: We continue to make progress on this — it’s now multilingual and we’ve two designs for logos, and have registered the domain name labourstartjobs.org. Still working on this.

Today in Labour History: We had problems with character encoding which were screwing up the display of non-English texts — now fixed, as you can see on our home page.

Aug
02
2021
0

LabourStart in Numbers: 1 August 2021

The first number next to each item is the current total as of today; the second number is the total as of the first day of last month.  Where one number is provided it means that there has been no change since last month.

Lists or accounts that have shrunk are in Italics.  Lists or accounts which experienced growth are in bold.

We continue to see the effects of the EU’s GDPR.  While several mailing lists continue to decline we are in fact adding as many new addresses to those lists as we have done historically when we have a new campaign running.

Note the massive growth in our Romanian list, the result of the Bucharest Metro workers campaign.

Mailing Lists:

The top 10:

English: 75499-74611

French: 7778-7728

German: 5839-5833

Spanish: 5209-5132

Turkish: 4233-4228

Korean: 3299-3296

Italian: 3223-3238

Russian: 2703-2714

Norwegian: 2210-2244

Dutch: 1527-1520

The others:

Arabic:  823-817

Belarusian:  288

Bulgarian: 17

Chinese: 950-963

Creole:  11

Czech: 64-63

Danish: 96-99

Esperanto: 172-167

Farsi:  212

Finnish:  489-490

Georgian:  138

Greek: 54

Hebrew:  309-307

Hindi:  34

Hungarian:  186-194

Indonesian:  433

Japanese: 396-397

Malaysian: 6

Polish: 861-860

Portuguese: 1342-1309

Punjabi:  2

Romanian:  1772-39

Sinhalese: 1

Slovakian: 15

Swedish: 979-989

Tagalog: 159

Thai:  152

Ukrainian: 306

Vietnamese:  21

Internal:

Executive:  12-14

LabourStart Correspondents:  645-640

LabourStart Translators:  87

 

Flickr:

834 members.

10190-10176 photos.

 

Facebook Pages/Groups:

No concerted effort was made in the past month to increase our numbers.

LabourStart.org page likes:  14450-16535

LabourStart.org page follows: 13557-14433

Global Labour News and Information: 8906-8926

LabourStart UK:  2107-2115

LabourStart Francophone: 589-593

LabourStart Brasil:  506-551

LabourStart Turkce:  2140-2136

LabourStart TV: 451

LabourStart Israel: 149 (new April 2021)

 

LinkedIn:

No concerted effort was made in the past month to increase our numbers.

Group: 2359-2325 members.

Page: 71-65 follows.

 

Twitter:

No concerted effort was made in the past month to increase our numbers.

Global English: 28004-27423

Canada English: 16455-15922

Global Spanish: 5831-5732

USA: 5554-5603

Australia: 5422-5356

Portuguese: 5038-5000

Canada French: 2907-2747

Russian: 46-48 (reactivated March 2021)

Hebrew:  38-30 (new April 2021)

Italian: 498-503 (last tweet June 2019)

Swedish: 342-344 (last tweet 2016)

Indonesia: 349-350 (last tweet 2015)

French: 226-228 (last tweet 2018)

German: 120-122 (last tweet 2018)

Japanese: 21-20 (last tweet 2012)

Dutch: 12 (last tweet April 2012)

Arabic: 7 (last tweet May 2012)

Written by derek in: Uncategorized |
Jul
28
2021
0

Jordan campaign: “The outcome was GREAT”

We’re back to weekly updates.

Europe: We’ve asked again to close the Fedex/TNT campaign, which has been running for more than five months and we expect to do so later this week. We don’t know yet what the effect of the campaign has been.

Jordan: At the request of the Education International, we have now closed this campaign — our largest of 2021 with 9,643 supporters. The EI told us: “The outcome was great with the release of the vice President of the Jordanian Teachers Association (JTA) Dr. Nasser Al-Nawasra, declared innocent by the appeal court in Amman last Sunday 11 July as shared previously … We will keep pressure on the Jordanian government in order to reinstate the union.”

Kazakhstan: Our long-running Kazakhstan campaign is also closing this week, though we haven’t yet had the result we wanted.

Ukraine: After ten months, and with no results reported to us, we suspend the Ukraine miners’ campaign.

Fundraising: We did some followup work the European federations two of which have already made generous donations this year – and we expect more.  We continue to receive generous donations from Canadian unions, both national and local.

Interns: It’s looking increasingly likely that we will have one or more student interns from Canada, starting in September.

LabourStart Jobs: Expect more news about this in the coming days – for now, correspondents should note that there’s an option to tag stories which advertise jobs in the labour movement as such. We’ve always posted such stories, but have never collected them in one place, nor made it this easy to tag them.

Written by admin in: Campaigns,Fund-raising,Intern |
Jul
21
2021
0

After more than 10 weeks, we owe you an apology …

This long-delayed report covers quite a bit of time — more than ten weeks. And it’s been a very busy ten weeks at that. This will be concise, but from next week I hope to resume regular weekly updates which can feature some more details. So here, basically, are the headlines since 10 May …

Campaigns: We launched quite a few, and even won some. These included campaigns in support of tobacco workers in the USA (in partnership with FLOC and the IUF), Thailand (with IndustriALL), Metro workers in Bucharest, Romania (with ETF and EPSU), Brazil, Colombia, and more. We also closed campaigns in Albania, India, Israel, Algeria and Ukraine. The last two were victories — our brother Mourad in Algeria was released from jail, and Profbud reached agreement with the employer in Ukraine. We’ve also had a partial win in Turkey, as Cihan has been released from jail but ordered to remain in the country to stand trial (that campaign continues).

Webinars: We held two excellent webinars in June, with several hundred participants. These focussed on Colombia and Brazil, and were closely tied to campaigns we launched in support of workers in both countries. Both the webinars and the campaigns have helped to raise the profile of our work in Latin America. We also reached out to the RWDSU in the USA to get a webinar going around the Amazon organising effort, but that seems to have stalled.

Publications: Dan Gallin’s new book Resistance was published and we’ve promoted it widely, including a limited time offer of free versions on Kindle. We have begun work on a 2022 Global Labour Calendar, our first in many years. We have also been working on a long-overdue edition of our Campaigning Online and Winning book.

Interns: The intern we were expecting to begin employing in mid-June was not available to us. Meanwhile, we are working on getting one or more interns from Canadian universities.

Fundraising: We did our annual appeal in mid-June, followed up by mailings about the release of Mourad and Cihan. We also did our first Facebook fundraiser, meeting our target this week. We’ve received generous donations in the last couple of months from IndustriALL, EPSU and ETF, and have reached out to other global unions and European federations. In addition, we have had tremendous support from a number of Canadian unions.

Outreach: We were approached by a team of academics in Canada who are doing “a research project which focuses on technology-driven innovation for the labour movement”. Eric had a two-hour interview with them, and Derek will soon be invited as well.

Fixes and changes to LabourStart: We are always making small changes, but in recent days have begun to attack a very long to-do list of suggested changes. We have now sorted out the country news pages for countries which have changed their names so that you will automatically see a link to the alternate name (e.g., Burma / Myanmar) — for the moment, this works only in English. We also fixed a problem with tweeting campaigns not in English and this seems to be working.

Blue skies: One project just beginning will be the tagging of news stories if these concern jobs in the labour movement. We often have such stories and we will find a way to show them in one place for people looking for such jobs — at no cost to the unions.

May
10
2021
0

May Day, another book and new campaigns

 

 

 

May started off with a bang, as we hosted a global event on Zoom on 2 May with speakers from the embattled trade union movements in Hong Kong, Myanmar, Turkey and Belarus. We also received a video from Iran, which we were unable to show on the day. The video of our event is live here. It has been seen by 213 people. Over 500 trade unionists registered to participate in our event. For the first time, we actually commissioned a logo, which has been shared widely:

We also completed the publication of the new book of essays by Dan Gallin, Resistance. The book is already available for sale from Amazon and we will begin promotion shortly.

We’ve also been working on a number of new campaigns:

  • Algeria: We launched a campaign last week at the request of PSI. The campaign already has 3,480 supporters and has been translated into a number of languages.
  • Hong Kong: We are in discussions with the HKCTU about ways we can help, including a global campaign.
  • India: A new campaign has been proposed and we’re working to coordinate a response with local and global unions.
  • Malaysia: We are supporting BWI’s new campaign by sharing their link across social media and our news page.
  • Myanmar: We’re in discussions about the possibility of organising a global campaign as well helping (again) with fundraising.
  • Turkey: We’re just about to go live with a campaign in support of a jailed Canadian trade unionist in Turkey.

USA: And finally, we’re discussing the possibility of a global webinar with the RWDSU on the struggle to unionise Amazon. Details coming soon.

Written by admin in: Campaigns,Publications |
May
04
2021
0

LabourStart in Numbers: 4 May 2021

The first number next to each item is the current total as of today; the second number is the total as of the first day of last month.  Where one number is provided it means that there has been no change since last month.

Lists or accounts that have shrunk are in Italics.  Lists or accounts experiencing significant growth are in bold.

We continue to see the effects of the EU’s GDPR.  While several major mailing lists continue to decline we are in fact adding as many new addresses to those lists as we have done historically when we have a new campaign running.

Mailing Lists:

The top 10:

English: 74611-74774

French: 7728

German: 5833-5844

Spanish: 5132-5155

Turkish: 4228

Korean: 3296-3294

Italian: 3238

Russian: 2714-2723

Norwegian: 2244-2254

Dutch: 1520

 

The others:

Arabic:  817

Belarusian:  288

Bulgarian: 17

Chinese: 963

Creole:  11

Czech: 63-65

Danish: 99

Esperanto: 167-165

Farsi:  212

Finnish:  490

Georgian:  138

Greek: 54

Hebrew:  307

Hindi:  34-35

Hungarian:  194-190

Indonesian:  433

Japanese: 397-395

Malaysian: 6

Polish: 860

Portuguese: 1309

Punjabi:  2

Romanian:  39

Sinhalese: 1

Slovakian: 15

Swedish: 989-1002

Tagalog: 159

Thai:  152

Ukrainian: 306

Vietnamese:  21

 

InternaL:

Executive:  14

LabourStart Correspondents:  640-627

LabourStart Translators:  87

 

Flickr:

834 members.

10176-10160 photos.

 

Facebook Pages/Groups:

No concerted effort was made in the past month to increase our numbers.

LabourStart.org page likes:  16535-13519

LabourStart.org page follows: 14433-14422

Global Labour News and Information: 8926-8861

LabourStart UK:  2115-2131

LabourStart Francophone: 593

LabourStart Brasil:  551-507

LabourStart Turkce:  2136-2171

LabourStart TV: 451-465

 

LinkedIn:

No concerted effort was made in the past month to increase our numbers.

Group: 2325-2320-members.

Page: 65-61 follows.

 

Twitter:

No concerted effort was made in the past month to increase our numbers.

Global English: 27423-27311

Canada English: 15922-15518

Global Spanish: 5732-5639

USA: 5603-5622

Australia: 5356-5104

Portuguese: 5000-4781

Canada French: 2747-2752

Russian: 48-44 (reactivated March 2021)

Hebrew:  30-23 (new last month)

Italian: 503-504 (last tweet June 2019)

Swedish: 344-349 (last tweet 2016)

Indonesia: 350 (last tweet 2015)

French: 228-229 (last tweet 2018)

German: 122 (last tweet 2018)

Japanese: 20 (last tweet 2012)

Dutch: 12 (last tweet April 2012)

Arabic: 7 (last tweet May 2012)

Written by derek in: Uncategorized |
Apr
22
2021
0

May Day 2021

May Day: We’ve announced our event – an online meeting in support of jailed trade unionists in Hong Kong, Myanmar, Belarus, Turkey and Iran.  We’re invited the speakers and created a signup form for participants.  At the moment, 720 people have visited the registration page, and 257 have signed up to participate in the event — after less than one day of publicity.

Books: We’re in the final stages before the launch of Dan Gallin’s book, Resistance. Details soon.

New correspondents: We added new correspondents from the USA, Vanuatu, the UK, Canada, Italy, Nigeria and Malaysia.

Jordan: We asked the Education International if it’s possible to close down this campaign, which has now been running for more than 3 months.

Malaysia: We are about to launch a campaign, at the request of BWI.

Donations: We received another generous donation from a union in Norway.

FAQ: We had an old page on the site with old information — this has now been updated.

Home page: We fixed a problem – if there was a second country for the news story for a top story, it wasn’t appearing.

Apr
07
2021
0

Kyrgyzstan: We spoke too soon …

We spoke too soon – in Kyrgyzstan, the government has had a change of heart and has passed anti-union laws. We are just about to launch a campaign demanding that the president veto that law.

In other news …

Canada: We’ve done a mailing to our entire global list encouraging submissions to CLIFF, the labour film festival. We received a very generous donation from a Canadian union. And we also launched a new Canada-only campaign.

Israel: We continued with building our mailing list and social media following, writing directly to the more than 500 Hebrew speakers who supported our campaign – which now has just under 7,500 supporters.

Myanmar: We have given extensive publicity to two union fundraisers, organised by DSA in the US, and BWI.

Pakistan: We did more followup mailings to promote our campaign, also to our English, German and French lists.  The campaign has over 7,000 supporters.

Home page: A problem emerged with the ‘more stories’ for country link not working; this has now been fixed.

Interns: We participated in Cornell University’s Social Justice Career Fair and interviewed a number of participants. Three of these were short-listed, they were interviewed, and we took a decision to hire one, who will begin work in June. Our intern Amos, who is studying at the Global Labour University in Berlin, completed his internship with us.

Labour News Network: We have revived this tool which allows LabourStart correspondents to post news stories that have not appeared elsewhere on the web. This is now being beta-tested. More details coming soon.

Mailing list: We added 366 new subscribers from the new campaign supporters, mostly to the English list but also with significant growth for the Dutch list.

May Day: We are working on two events online — a panel discussion focussing on jailed trade union activists around the world, and a possible world premiere online of a major new film about working people (more details soon).

RSS newswires: We have been alerted to the fact that these are broken; we will aim to fix them ASAP.

Apr
02
2021
0

LabourStart in Numbers: 1 April 2021

The first number next to each item is the current total as of today; the second number is the total as of the first day of last month.  Where one number is provided it means that there has been no change since last month.

Lists or accounts that have shrunk are in Italics.  Lists or accounts experiencing significant growth are in bold.

We continue to see the effects of the EU’s GDPR.

Mailing Lists:

The top 10:

English: 74774-74628

French: 7728-7715

German: 5844-5825

Spanish: 5155

Turkish: 4228-4279

Korean: 3294-3317

Italian: 3238-3270

Russian: 2723-2715

Norwegian: 2254-2257

Dutch: 1520-1460

The Others:

Arabic:  817

Belarusian:  288

Bulgarian: 17

Chinese: 963-964

Creole:  11

Czech: 65

Danish: 99

Esperanto: 165

Farsi:  212

Finnish:  490-517

Georgian:  138-142

Greek: 54

Hebrew:  307

Hindi:  35

Hungarian:  190-191

Indonesian:  433

Japanese: 395-402

Malaysian: 6

Polish: 860-857

Portuguese: 1309-1313

Punjabi:  2

Romanian:  39

Sinhalese: 1

Slovakian: 15

Swedish: 1002-1012

Tagalog: 159

Thai:  152

Ukrainian: 306

Vietnamese:  21

Internal:

Executive:  12

LabourStart Correspondents:  627-643

LabourStart Translators:  87-86

 

Flickr:

834 members.

10160-10129 photos.

 

Facebook Pages/Groups:

No concerted effort was made in the past month to increase our numbers.

LabourStart.org page likes:  13519-13514

LabourStart.org page follows: 14422-14391

Global Labour News and Information: 8861

LabourStart UK:  2131

LabourStart Francophone: 593-591

LabourStart Brasil:  507-551

LabourStart Turkce:  2171-2149

LabourStart TV: 465-452 follows.

 

LinkedIn:

No concerted effort was made in the past month to increase our numbers.

Group: 2320-2286 members.

Page: 61-56 follows.

 

Twitter:

The Global Anglophone, Australian, Global Spanish and Global Portuguese accounts received some attention.  No other concerted effort was made in the past month to increase our numbers.

Global English: 27311-26878

Canada English: 15518-15104

Global Spanish: 5639-5402

USA: 5622

Australia: 5104-4951

Portuguese: 4781-4631

Canada French: 2752-2759

Italian: 504-505 (last tweet June 2019)

Swedish: 349 (last tweet 2016)

Indonesia: 350 (last tweet 2015)

French: 229 (last tweet 2018)

German: 122 (last tweet 2018)

Russian: 44-43 (reactivated March 2021)

Hebrew:  23-17 (new last month)

Japanese: 20 (last tweet 2012)

Dutch: 12 (last tweet April 2012)

Arabic: 7 (last tweet May 2012)

Written by derek in: Uncategorized |
Mar
23
2021
0

LabourStart campaigns end in victory in Kyrgyzstan and Algeria

The top news for us this month was the victories we had in two of our current campaigns — in Kyrgyzstan and Algeria. In the former, the government has withdrawn proposed changes to the labour laws. In the latter, the two women union activists who were jailed have been released. We spread the news of these two wonderful victories widely.

Myanmar: We are in discussions with global unions about a possible campaign.

Norway: We’ve received several generous donations from Norwegian unions this month.

Pakistan: We launched a campaign against union-busting at Metro A.G. in Pakistan, sponsored by UNI Commerce. This campaign features many new languages for us, including Urdu. As of today, it has 5,420 supporters.

Thailand: We have a new volunteer translator for Thai.

USA: We reached out to offer our help to the union organising Amazon workers in the USA.

Correspondents: We held the second correspondents’ meeting on Zoom.

Deliveroo workers: At the request of the ITF, we shared links to their online global campaign to support unionisation at Deliveroo.

International Women’s Day: We posted a lot of news stories, and wrote to all correspondents to encourage them to do so as well, and posted across social media.

Interns: We participated in Cornell University’s career fair for students interested in social justice, speaking with about a half dozen students in individual, short interviews. We will almost certainly hire one of them.

Labour News Network: Work is nearly complete on this project — it will allow correspondents to post news stories which do not currently appear anywhere else on the web. This issue was raised during one of our recent Zoom meetings with the LabourStart community of correspondents and translators.

Written by admin in: Campaigns,Correspondents,Fund-raising,Intern |

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