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 |
Dec
30
2020
0

Our 2020 Year-end Mailing

As 2020 draws to an end, I wanted to pause for a moment and review some of the things we were able to accomplish under the most difficult circumstances during this terrible year.

According to our statistics, our volunteer correspondents around the world posted 56,040 news stories to our site this year.  That’s an average of 154 news stories every day of the year.

A new labour news story every 9 minutes.

When I look at the mainstream media news sites, I barely see a hint of all this news.  Working people and our unions rarely make headlines.

Even some union websites feature hardly any updated news.  Some major union websites go weeks without a single update.

But not LabourStart.

If you don’t glance at our site for a week, you’ve missed 1,000 news stories.

In addition to our news, this year we ran 24 campaigns in support of workers and their unions.

Those campaigns focussed on struggles in Belarus, Brazil, Cambodia, Colombia, the Czech Republic, Germany, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, Myanmar, Peru, Turkey, Ukraine and Zimbabwe.

Some of these campaigns resulted in victories for the workers.

We’ve helped get trade unionists released from jail, companies to sit down and negotiate with workers’ representatives, and workers reinstated after being wrongfully sacked.

Thanks to the efforts of our volunteer translators, these campaigns often appear in many languages — and as a result are much larger and more effective than campaigns that appear only in English or a handful of major languages.

We are strong believers in linguistic diversity and equality, and we believe that workers everywhere should be encouraged to participate in global solidarity campaigns, regardless of what language they speak.

And finally, we were able to coordinate — for the first time — a virtual May Day event that spanned the globe.

This online event exceeded all our expectations.  We were able to show nearly 200 videos over the course of 11 hours.  Those videos varied in quality, as we expected, but many were outstanding and we shared these after May Day on our website and across social media.

Our audience came from all over the world and the feedback in the comments on Facebook was exceptionally positive.  Many trade unionists saw this as a unique opportunity to make contact with friends they don’t normally get the chance to see, and to greet one another over huge distances.

Over 100,000 trade unionists participated in the event online.

Looking back at 2020, it was a terrible year for everyone, and especially for working people.

But unions rose to meet the challenge by organising, fighting and resisting.

And LabourStart has been there to help.

Next year can only be better and we hope to fill our website with stories of working people winning the fight for social justice, strengthening our unions, and building back better.

I wish you and your families a happy New Year.

 

Solidarity forever!

 

Eric Lee

 

P.S. Please share this message with your friends, family and fellow union members.

Written by derek in: Uncategorized |
Dec
06
2020
0

LabourStart in Numbers: 1 November versus 1 October 2020

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.

 

Mailing Lists:

The top 10:

English: 74224 – 73,959

French: 7,622 – 7,659

German: 5797 – 5,812

Spanish: 5098 – 5,106

Turkish: 4,274

Korean: 3,317

Italian: 3289 – 3,310

Russian: 2671 – 2,637

Norwegian: 2261 – 2,260

Dutch: 1437 – 1,442

 

The others:

Arabic:  736

Belarusian:  287 – 257

Bulgarian: 17

Chinese: 972 – 980

Creole:  11

Czech: 64 – 65

Danish: 101

Esperanto: 161 – 159

Farsi:  212

Finnish:  516

Georgian:  138

Greek: 54

Hebrew:  240 – 241

Hindi:  35

Hungarian:  193 – 192

Indonesian:  432

Japanese: 404

Polish: 862

Portuguese: 1304 – 1,289

Punjabi:  2

Romanian:  39

Sinhalese: 1

Slovakian: 15

Swedish: 1018 – 1,026

Tagalog: 159

Thai:  152

Ukrainian: 306 – 304

Vietnamese:  24

LabourStart Correspondents:  641 – 635

LabourStart Translators:  72 – 73

 

Flickr:

833 – 834 members.  10279 – 10,267 photos.

 

Facebook Pages/Groups:

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

LabourStart.org page likes:  13445- 13,416

LabourStart.org page follows: 14273 – 14,208

Global Labour News and Information: 8869 – 8,869

LabourStart UK:  2068 – 2072

LabourStart Franco: 589 – 590

LabourStart Brasil:  509 – 507

LabourStart Turkce:  2209 – 2,184

LabourStart TV: 445 – 447

 

LinkedIn:

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

Group: 2225 – 2204

 

Twitter:

The Global Portuguese-language account received a bit of attention this month in anticipation of the Brazilian campaign that we launched in late November.  No other concerted effort was made in the past month to increase our numbers.

Global English: 26309 – 26,235

Canada English: 14669 – 14,470

USA: 5628 – 5,623

Australia: 4945 – 4,962

Global Spanish: 4648 – 4,490

Portuguese: 4066 – 3,459

Canada French: 2271 – 2,767

Italian: 505 – 503 (last tweet June 2019)

Swedish: 351 (last tweet 2016)

Indonesia: 350 (last tweet 2015)

French: 229 – 228 (last tweet 2018)

German: 126 (last tweet 2018)

Russian: 42 (last tweet November 2019)

Japanese: 20 (last tweet 2012)

Dutch: 12 (last tweet April 2012)

Arabic: 7 (last tweet May 2012)

Written by derek in: Uncategorized |
Nov
01
2020
0

LabourStart in Numbers: 1 November versus 1 October 2020

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.

Mailing Lists:

We continue see the impact of the General Data Protection Regulation.  Shrinking lists are in Italics.  Lists experiencing significant growth are in bold.

The top 10:

English: 73,959-74,209

French: 7,659-7,614

German: 5,812-5,797

Spanish: 5,106-5,137

Turkish: 4,274-4,282

Korean: 3,317

Italian: 3,310-3,293

Russian: 2,637-2,641

Norwegian: 2,260-2,234

Dutch: 1,442-1,435

 

The others:

Arabic:  736-738

Belarusian:  257-18

Bulgarian: 17

Chinese: 980-978

Creole:  11

Czech: 65-66

Danish: 101

Esperanto: 159-155

Farsi:  212

Finnish:  516

Georgian:  138

Greek: 54

Hebrew:  241-239

Hindi:  35-36

Hungarian:  192

Indonesian:  432-434

Japanese: 404

Polish: 862

Portuguese: 1,289-1,288

Punjabi:  2-0

Romanian:  39

Sinhalese: 1

Slovakian: 15

Swedish: 1,026

Tagalog: 159-160

Thai:  152

Ukrainian: 304-295

Vietnamese:  24

LabourStart Correspondents:  635

LabourStart Translators:  73

 

Flickr:

834-833 members.  10,267-10,236photos.

 

Facebook Pages/Groups:

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

LabourStart.org page likes: 13,416-13,410

LabourStart.org page follows: 14,208-14,178

Global Labour News and Information: 8,869-8,867

LabourStart UK:  2072-2075

LabourStart Franco: 590

LabourStart Brasil:  507

LabourStart Turkce:  2,184-2,020

LabourStart TV: 447-444

 

LinkedIn:

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

Group: 2204-2192

 

Twitter:

The Global English-language account received a bit of attention this month.  No other concerted effort was made in the past month to increase our numbers.

Global English: 26,235-25,504

Canada English: 14,470-14,279

USA: 5,623-5,645

Australia: 4,962-4,970

Global Spanish: 4,490-4,475

Portuguese: 3,459-3,417

Canada French: 2,767-2,734

Italian: 503-505 (last tweet June 2019)

Swedish: 351-352 (last tweet 2016)

Indonesia: 350 (last tweet 2015)

French: 228-227 (last tweet 2018)

German: 126 (last tweet 2018)

Russian: 42 (last tweet November 2019)

Japanese: 20 (last tweet 2012)

Dutch: 12 (last tweet April 2012)

Arabic: 7 (last tweet May 2012)

Written by derek in: Uncategorized |
Oct
01
2020
0

LabourStart in Numbers: 1 October vs 1 September 2020

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.

Mailing Lists:

We continue see the impact of the General Data Protection Regulation.  Shrinking lists are in Italics.  Lists experiencing significant growth are in bold.

 

The top 10:

English: 74,209-74,228

French: 7,614-7,679

German: 5,797-5,793

Spanish: 5,137

Turkish: 4,282

Korean: 3,317-3,397

Italian: 3,293-3,322

Russian: 2,641

Norwegian: 2,234-2,243

Dutch: 1,435-1,455

 

The others:

Arabic:  738

Belarusian:  18

Bulgarian: 17

Chinese: 978-980

Creole:  11

Czech: 66

Danish: 101-103

Esperanto: 155-158

Farsi:  212

Finnish:  516-519

Georgian:  138

Greek: 54

Hebrew:  239-242

Hindi:  36

Hungarian:  192-193

Indonesian:  434-435

Japanese: 404

Polish: 862-859

Portuguese: 1,288-1,290

Romanian:  39

Sinhalese: 1

Slovakian: 15

Swedish: 1,026-1,031

Tagalog: 160

Thai:  152-153

Ukrainian: 295-281

Vietnamese:  24

 

Flickr:

833 members.  10,236-10,220 photos.

 

Facebook Pages/Groups:

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

LabourStart.org page likes: 13,410-13,406

LabourStart.org page follows: 14,178

Global Labour News and Information: 8,867

LabourStart UK:  2075-2,139

LabourStart Franco: 590-591

LabourStart Brasil:  507-506

LabourStart Turkce:  2,020-2,191

LabourStart TV: 444-431

 

LinkedIn:

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

Group: 2192-2174

 

Twitter:

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

Global English: 25,504 25,449

Canada English: 14,279-14,132

USA: 5,645-5,663

Australia: 4,970-4,956

Global Spanish: 4,475-4,557

Portuguese: 3,417-3,418

Canada French: 2,734-2,646

Italian: 505-504 (last tweet June 2019)

Swedish: 352 (last tweet 2016)

Indonesia: 350 (last tweet 2015)

French: 227 (last tweet 2018)

German: 126 (last tweet 2018)

Russian: 42-40 (last tweet November 2019)

Japanese: 20 (last tweet 2012)

Dutch: 12 (last tweet April 2012)

Arabic: 7 (last tweet May 2012)

Written by derek in: Uncategorized |
Aug
31
2020
0

LabourStart in Numbers: 1 September vs 1 August 2020

Mailing Lists:

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 no number is provided for last month this means that the list was re-created this month from our Mail Chimp back-up.

We continue see the impact of the General Data Protection Regulation.  Shrinking lists are in Italics.  Lists experiencing significant growth are in bold.

 

The Top 10:

English: 74,228-73,527

French: 7,679-7,720

Spanish: 5,137-5,141

Turkish: 4,282-4,222

Korean: 3,397-3,399

Italian: 3,322-3,326

Russian: 2,641-2,630

Norwegian: 2,243-2,558

Dutch: 1,455-1,472

 

The Others:

Arabic:  738

Belarusian:  18

Bulgarian: 17

Chinese: 980-984

Creole:  11

Czech: 66-66

Danish: 103-104

Esperanto: 158-160

Farsi:  212

Finnish:  519

Georgian:  138

German: 5,793-5,844

Greek: 54

Hebrew:  242-243

Hindi:  36

Hungarian:  193-192

Indonesian:  435

Japanese: 404-no change

Polish: 859-863

Portuguese: 1,290-1,258

Romanian:  39

Sinhalese: 1

Slovakian: 15-15

Swedish: 1,031-1,036

Tagalog: 160-161

Thai:  153

Ukrainian: 281-277

Vietnamese:  24

 

Flickr:

833-834 members.  10,220-10,218 photos.

 

Facebook Pages/Groups:

LabourStart.org page: 13,410-14,148

Global Labour News and Information: 8,867-no data.

LabourStart UK:  2139-2145

LabourStart Franco: 591-592.

LabourStart Brasil:  506-no data.

LabourStart Turkce:  2191-no data.

LabourStart TV: 431-no change.

 

LinkedIn:

Group: 2174-2150

 

Twitter:

All the major feeds experienced growth starting when the COVID-19 crisis hit.  Accounts experiencing significant increases are in bold.

English: 25,449-25,265

Canada English: 14,132-13,729

USA: 5,663-5,669

Australia: 4,956-4,872

Spanish: 4,557-4,432

Canada French: 2,646-2,612

Portuguese: 3,418-3,176

Italian: 504-517 (last tweet June 2019)

Swedish: 352-361 (last tweet 2016)

Indonesia: 350 (last tweet 2015)

French: 227-no change (last tweet 2018)

German: 126-no change (last tweet 2018)

Russian: 42-40 (last tweet November 2019)

Japanese: 20-no change (last tweet 2012)

Dutch: 12-no change (last tweet April 2012)

Arabic: 7-no change (last tweet May 2012)

Aug
01
2020
0

LabourStart in Numbers: 1 August vs 1 July 2020

Mailing Lists:

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

We continue see the impact of the General Data Protection Regulation though the effect appears to be reduced over time.  Shrinking lists are in Italics.  Lists experiencing significant growth are in bold.

The top 10:

English: 73,527- 73,336

French: 7,720-7,117

German: 5,844- 5,841

Spanish: 5,141- 5,124

Turkish: 4,222- 4,216

Korean: 3,399- 3,400

Italian: 3,326- 3,329

Russian: 2,630- 2,631

Norwegian: 2,558- 2,263

Dutch: 1,472- 1,475

 

The others:

Swedish: 1,036- 1,036

Chinese: 984- 985

Portuguese: 1,258-1,006

Polish: 863-863

Japanese: 404-405

Ukrainian: 277-277

Hebrew: 243-243

Hungarian: 192-184

Tagalog: 161-162

Esperanto: 160-157

Danish: 104-104

Czech: 66-66

Slovakian: 15-15

 

Flickr:

834 members, No change.  10,218 photos.

 

Facebook Pages/Groups:

LabourStart.org page: 14,148-13,440.

LabourStart UK:  2145-2087.

LabourStart Franco: 592-no change.

LabourStart TV: 431-no change

 

LinkedIn: 2150-2137.

 

Twitter:

During this period we have made occasional efforts to build the Spanish-language, Portuguese-language, English-language Canadia and Australian accounts. All the major feeds experienced growth starting when the COVID-19 crisis hit.  Accounts experiencing significant increases are in bold.

English: 25,265-24,939

Canada English: 13,729-13,063

USA: 5,669-5,662

Australia: 4,872-4,991

Spanish: 4,432-4,040

Canada French: 2,612-2,545-

Portuguese: 3,176-2,913-

Italian: 517 (last tweet June 2019)

Swedish: 361 (last tweet 2016)

Indonesia: 350 (last tweet 2015)

French: 227 (last tweet 2018)

German: 126 (last tweet 2018)

Russian: 42-40 (last tweet November 2019)

Japanese: 20 (last tweet 2012)

Dutch: 12 (last tweet April 2012)

Arabic: 7 (last tweet May 2012)

Written by derek in: Uncategorized |
Jul
31
2020
0

Two new campaigns – and a new intern

Despite the summer heat, the pandemic and lockdown, the last three weeks have been quite busy for us, with new campaigns — and a new intern.

New campaigns: We launched two new campaigns — for Zimbabwe and Turkey. The Turkey campaign, launched with in partnership with Deriteks and IndustriALL, appears in 14 languages and has 5,799 supporters. The Zimbabwe campaign, in partnership with Public Services International (PSI) and the Zimbabwean Nurses Association (ZINA) also appears in 14 languages and has 5,918 supporters. These campaigns appear alongside eight other active campaigns — the most campaigns we have ever run at the same time.

Our older campaigns: All have been given a boost by repeated posts across social media in the last couple of weeks.

Campaign translations: We did a comprehensive review and found that of the top 10 languages (other than English), we had complete sets of translations for just five campaigns. We followed up with key translators and activists about the other languages, but with limited success.  Our biggest problem is with Korean — we have a large mailing list, but no active volunteer translators.

Mailing lists: We imported 440 new subscribers who supported our campaigns, most of them to the English list.

Intern: LabourStart has now hired its sixth intern since October 2012 — Nathanael Cheng. Nate has just graduated from Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations, is currently based near Philadelphia in the US, and he began work for us during the last week of July.

The first volume, published in 2014.

Dan Gallin book: We’ve made a lot of progress on this book this month, and hope to have most of the work done in August. This is the second volume of essays; the first (Solidarity) we published in 2014.

Global Labour University: I met for an hour (online) with a dozen trade unionists from Kenya, South Africa, Ghana, Liberia, Korea, India, Brazil, Germany, and Canada. We had a very good, productive conversation.

Our new home page: We’re rewritten some of the code for the Spanish page so that it will show many more news stories at the bottom of the page — and will consider doing the same for other languages as we roll these out. We also fixed a problem with top news stories not appearing on the bottom of the page in English and French editions. Because we have 10 active campaigns and on our new home page we show images for each campaign, this was taking up too much of the page (and pushing the news too far down). Instead we’re now limiting this to just the five latest campaigns. We’ll have a ‘more campaigns’ link in all languages, as we already do in English.

IONOS: Our web hosting company caused a major problem for us when they upgraded to a new version of Linux. No one could add news — as was reported by two of our more active correspondents in the UK. We managed to quickly fix the code which allows our software to keep running, but we will need to attentive in case anything else is broken too.

Written by admin in: Uncategorized |
Jun
01
2020
0

LabourStart in Numbers – May 2020

1 June vs 1 May 2020 Numbers

Flickr:

834 members, 10,210 photos. No Data for May.

Facebook Page:

14,133-no data from May.

LinkedIn:

2,077.  No data for May.

Twitter:

During this period we have not made any concerted efforts to build the accounts. All the major feeds experienced growth starting when the COVID-19 crisis hit.  Accounts experiencing significant increases are in bold.


English: 24,364-23,798
Canada English: 12,394-11,706
USA: 5,609-5,526
Australia: 4,344-4,227
Spanish: 3,674-3,493
Canada French: 2,429-2,277
Portuguese: 2,132-1,816
Italian: 517 (last tweet June 2019)
Swedish: 361 (last tweet 2016)
Indonesia: 350 (last tweet 2015)
French: 227 (last tweet 2018)
German: 126 (last tweet 2018)
Russian: 40
Japanese: 20 (last tweet 2012)
Dutch: 12
Arabic: 7

May
10
2020
0

LabourStart on Twitter: Current vs September 2019 Numbers

During this period we have not made any concerted efforts to build the accounts. All the major feeds experienced growth starting when the COVID-19 crisis hit.

Just eyeballing it, the Portuguese feed, which carries almost exclusively stories from Brazil and Portugal, seems to have experienced the greatest proportional growth.

Note also the dormant accounts. If anyone is interested in assuming responsibility for any of them please let us know.

Our global feed in English remains one of the largest union-friendly Twitter accounts around.


English: 23,798- 22,578

Canada English: 11,706-10,547

USA: 5,526-4,822

Australia: 4,227-3,986

Spanish: 3,493-2,177

Canada French: 2,277-2,155

Portuguese: 1,816-1,397

Italian: 517-516 (last tweet June 2019)

Swedish: 361-364 (last tweet 2016)

Indonesia: 350-354 (last tweet 2015)

French: 227-230 (last tweet 2018)

German: 126-122 (last tweet 2018)

Russian: 40-34

Japanese: 20-19 (last tweet 2012)

Dutch: 12-12

Arabic: 7-7

Written by derek in: Uncategorized |

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