Oct
01
2022
0

LabourStart in Numbers: 1 October 2022

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.

Mailing Lists:

The top 10:

English: 82457-74055

French: 7490-7483

German: 5796

Spanish: 5505-5498

Turkish: 4169

Korean: 3311

Italian: 3091-3088

Russian: 2686

Norwegian: 2142-2140

Romanian:  1771

Dutch: 1492-1476

The others:

Arabic:  821

Belarusian:  288

Bulgarian: 17

Chinese: 899

Creole:  11

Czech: 60

Danish: 92

Esperanto: 180

Farsi:  207

Finnish:  469-465

Georgian:  135

Greek: 54

Hebrew:  292-293

Hindi:  80

Hungarian:  179-178

Indonesian:  460

Japanese: 398-386

Lithuanian:  63

Malaysian: 21

Polish: 842

Portuguese: 1287

Punjabi:  2

Sinhalese: 1

Slovakian: 15

Swedish: 947

Tagalog: 159

Thai:  152

Ukrainian: 487

Vietnamese:  21

Internal:

Executive and Interns:  12

LabourStart Correspondents:  665-662

LabourStart Translators:  87

Africa Caucus:  63

 

Flickr:

Members:  837

Photos:  9899-9885

 

Telegram:

LabourStart channel:  125-120

 

Facebook Pages/Groups:

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

LabourStart.org page likes:  13709-13577

LabourStart.org page follows: 14668-14499

Global Labour News and Information: 9027-9025

LabourStart UK likes:  page unavailable

LabourStart UK follows:  page unavailable

LabourStart Francophone: 590 (last post February 2021)

LabourStart Brasil:  508-503

LabourStart Turkce:  2126-2102

LabourStart TV likes: 441-444

LabourStart TV follows:  454-455

LabourStart Vostok:  119

LabourStart Esperanto:  18

LabourStart Nepal:  6 (last post April 2017)

LabourStart Israel: CLOSED (last post 2018)

 

LinkedIn:

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

Group: 2588-2576

Page: 216-209

 

Twitter:

Sporadic efforts were made to grow the Global English-language, Canadian English-language, Australian, Global Portuguese-language feeds.  No concerted effort was made in the past month to increase our numbers for other accounts.

Global English: 38225-37743

Canada English: 22601-22073

Portuguese: 10687-10217

Global Spanish: 10064-9918

Australia: 9965-9362

USA: 5435-5441

Canada French: 3114-3113

Russian: 46

Hebrew:  48 (last tweet 02-2021)

Italian: 508 (last tweet 11-2021)

Swedish: 335 (last tweet 2016)

Indonesia: 350 (last tweet 2015)

French: 227-226 (last tweet 2018)

German: 120 (last tweet 2018)

Japanese: 21 (last tweet 2012)

Dutch: 12 (last tweet April 2012)

Arabic: 7 (last tweet May 2012)

South Asia (English): 22-21 NEW and not yet active.

 

 

Written by derek in: Mailing list,Social networks,Twitter |
Sep
05
2022
0

September fundraiser kicks off

Fundraising: As we do a couple of times a year, last week we sent out a fundraising appeal to our readers.  Nearly all the donations came in via PayPal and these totalled £2,796.73 so far.  As there were around 120 donors, the average donation was £23.30.  The appeal went out in ten languages – Belarusian, Chinese, English, Finnish, Georgian, Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Polish, and Spanish.  We’ll be following up today with the other languages, trying to get translations done.

Belarus: Support for the campaign has slowed down to a trickle, with just 17 new supporters this week, as we wait for the union to decide on next steps.

Poland: Solidarnosc reached out about a possible campaign and we are in discussions about it.

Ukraine: Following up on our recent campaign, we were contacted by a group of trade unionists who have doing solidarity work in a number of countries and who had launched their own campaign on change.org.  We had a Zoom call this week to discuss joint work in the future.

Telegram: Using all our social media accounts (Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter) we reached out to encourage people to follow our public feed on Telegram, which had just 119 followers.  The result was a gain of just one new follower, which does say something about the limits of those social media accounts — and possibly how few trade unionists are using Telegram.

Written by admin in: Campaigns,Fund-raising,Social networks |
Aug
01
2022
0

LabourStart in Numbers: 1 August 2022

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.

 

Mailing Lists:

The top 10:

English: 73493

French: 7457

German: 5796-5766

Spanish: 5428

Turkish: 4161

Korean: 3308

Italian: 3074

Russian: 2668

Norwegian: 2121

Romanian:  1771

Dutch: 1476

The others:

Arabic:  821

Belarusian:  288

Bulgarian: 17

Chinese: 899

Creole:  11

Czech: 63

Danish: 92

Esperanto: 178

Farsi:  207

Finnish:  465

Georgian:  135

Greek: 54

Hebrew:  289

Hindi:  80

Hungarian:  178

Indonesian:  460

Japanese: 386

Lithuanian:  63

Malaysian: 21

Polish: 837

Portuguese: 1287

Punjabi:  2

Sinhalese: 1

Slovakian: 15

Swedish: 947

Tagalog: 159

Thai:  152

Ukrainian: 313

Vietnamese:  21

Internal:

Executive and Interns:  12

LabourStart Correspondents:  662-659

LabourStart Translators:  87

Africa Caucus:  63

 

Flickr:

Members:  837-838

Photos:  10303-10297

 

Facebook Pages/Groups:

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

LabourStart.org page likes:  13553-13547

LabourStart.org page follows: 14499-14490

Global Labour News and Information: 9011-9013

LabourStart UK likes:  page unavailable-2032

LabourStart UK follows:  page unavailable-2096

LabourStart Francophone: 590 (last post February 2021)

LabourStart Brasil:  502

LabourStart Turkce:  2101-2104

LabourStart TV likes: 443-446

LabourStart TV follows:  455-460

LabourStart Israel: CLOSED (last post 2018)

 

LinkedIn:

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

Group: 2559-2545

Page: 188-123

 

Twitter:

Sporadic efforts were made to grow the Global English-language, Canadian English-language, Australian, Global Portuguese-language and Global Spanish- feeds.  No concerted effort was made in the past month to increase our numbers for other accounts.

Global English: 36978-36427

Canada English: 21291-20951

Portuguese: 9606-9193

Global Spanish: 9097-8940

Australia: 9031-8754

USA: 5453-5481

Canada French: 3109-3098

Russian: 46

Hebrew:  48 (last tweet 02-2021)

Italian: 508-507 (last tweet 11-2021)

Swedish: 335-337 (last tweet 2016)

Indoesia: 350 (last tweet 2015)

French: 226 (last tweet 2018)

German: 120 (last tweet 2018)

Japanese: 21 (last tweet 2012)

Dutch: 12 (last tweet April 2012)

Arabic: 7 (last tweet May 2012)

South Asia (English): 21 NEW and not yet active.

 

 

Feb
25
2022
0

Ukraine: LabourStart reacts to Putin’s war

Ukraine: Following the Russian invasion on Thursday morning, we have made certain to offer comprehensive coverage of the trade union reaction in Ukraine, Russia and around the world on our news page and across social media.

We have also been in touch with all 18 of our correspondents in Ukraine.  One of them wrote back, saying:

Thank you very much for your genuine support. At the moment we need as strong an international reaction as possible,  more demonstrations and political pressure on the EU and the governments to react with economic and political sanctions against Putin, his family members and Russian corporations. And Ukraine needs financial and military support as well.  It is also obvious that we will need help in providing humanitarian aid to the union members, refugees and war victims. We appreciate your support and will let you know what that may mean in practical terms.”

Cambodia: Thanks to a mass mailing to members of the UNITE HERE union in the USA promoting the campaign, it jumped to nearly 15,000 supporters — a gain of nearly 2,000 in just one day.

Colombia: Our campaign continues to grow following our follow-up mailing. The number of supporters has grown from 4,809 to 6,092 as a result.

Lithuania: Our campaign went live this last week. Today it appears in 11 languages with more on the way, and has 4,272 supporters.  It will be our first campaign ever in all three Baltic languages — including Estonian and Latvian.

Instagram: Our presence there has been vastly improved and the number of followers is starting to grow.

International Women’s Day: We are now expecting to organise a major online event featuring domestic workers and in partnership with their global union.

Mailing list: Our list continues to grow as we add new campaigns. This week we picked up 399 new subscribers – and launched our mailing list in Lithuanian.

Written by admin in: Campaigns,Events,Mailing list,Social networks |
Jan
08
2022
0

30,000 followers on Twitter; Kazakhstan; Rosa Luxemburg and more

Kazakhstan: We are posting news and monitoring the situation in Kazakhstan; an online campaign is being considered by our partners.

Correspondents: We picked up one new correspondent in the USA and reconnected another. We hope to shortly hold our first ever (virtual) meeting of the more than 115 LabourStart correspondents in the USA.

Fundraising: Our first major donation of 2022 has arrived and its from the IUF in Geneva.

Instagram: We are renewing our work on the LabourStart page on Instagram, helped by one of our interns. If you’re on Instagram, please do follow this page and share it with others – thanks!

Interns: We are about to start interviewing possible interns who are currently studying at the Global Labour Labour University.

T-shirts: We’ve begun promoting the third working class history t-shirt of the month, this time featuring Rosa Luxemburg.

Twitter: In late December we reached our target of 30,000 followers for our global feed in English on Twitter.  This morning we were at 30,323.

Mar
05
2021
0

LabourStart in Numbers: 5 March 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.  Our lists are growing again but not at the rate that was common for most of our lists prior to its implementation.

Mailing Lists:

The top 10:

English: 74628-74596

French: 7715-7635

German: 5825-5783

Spanish: 5155-5119

Turkish: 4279-4277

Korean: 3317

Italian: 3270-3265

Russian: 2715-2708

Norwegian: 2257-2260

Dutch: 1460-1445

 

The others:

Arabic:  817-819

Belarusian:  288-287

Bulgarian: 17

Chinese: 964

Creole:  11

Czech: 65-64

Danish: 99-101

Esperanto: 165-162

Farsi:  212

Finnish:  517-516

Georgian:  142-138

Greek: 54

Hebrew:  307-241

Hindi:  35

Hungarian:  191-192

Indonesian:  433-432

Japanese: 402

Polish: 860-857

Portuguese: 1313-1310

Punjabi:  2

Romanian:  39

Sinhalese: 1

Slovakian: 15

Swedish: 1012

Tagalog: 159

Thai:  152

Ukrainian: 306-317

Vietnamese:  21-24

LabourStart Correspondents:  643

LabourStart Translators:  86-83

 

Flickr:

834-835 members. 

10129-10095 photos.

 

Facebook Pages/Groups:

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

LabourStart.org page likes:  13514-13501

LabourStart.org page follows: 14391-14368

Global Labour News and Information: 8861-8864

LabourStart UK:  2131-2134

LabourStart Francophone: 591

LabourStart Brasil:  551

LabourStart Turkce:  2149-2198

LabourStart TV: 452-447 follows.

 

LinkedIn:

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

Group: 2286-2282 members.

Page: 56-49 follows.

 

Twitter:

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

Global English: 26878-26608

Canada English: 15104-14908

USA: 5622-5631

Australia: 4951

Global Spanish: 5402-4940

Portuguese: 4631-4358

Canada French: 2759-2765

Italian: 505-504 (last tweet June 2019)

Swedish: 349-348 (last tweet 2016)

Indonesia: 350 (last tweet 2015)

French: 229-228 (last tweet 2018)

German: 122-126 (last tweet 2018)

Russian: 43 (last tweet November 2019)

Japanese: 20 (last tweet 2012)

Hebrew:  17 (new this month)

Dutch: 12 (last tweet April 2012)

Arabic: 7 (last tweet May 2012)

Written by derek in: Mailing list,Social networks,Twitter |
Feb
02
2021
0

LabourStart in Numbers: 1 February 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: 74596-74133

French: 7635-7613

German: 5783-5781

Spanish: 5119-5106

Turkish: 4277-4271

Korean: 3317

Italian: 3265-3289

Russian: 2708-2677

Norwegian: 2260-2258

Dutch: 1445-1434

The others:

Arabic:  819-736

Belarusian:  287

Bulgarian: 17

Chinese: 964-967

Creole:  11

Czech: 64

Danish: 101

Esperanto: 162-161

Farsi:  212

Finnish:  516

Georgian:  138

Greek: 54

Hebrew:  241-240

Hindi:  35

Hungarian:  192-191

Indonesian:  432

Japanese: 402-404

Polish: 857-862

Portuguese: 1310-1303

Punjabi:  2

Romanian:  39

Sinhalese: 1

Slovakian: 15

Swedish: 1012-1013

Tagalog: 159

Thai:  152

Ukrainian: 317-304

Vietnamese:  21-24

LabourStart Correspondents:  643-637

LabourStart Translators:  83-74

 

Flickr:

 

835-833 members.

10095-10089 photos.

 

Facebook Pages/Groups:

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

LabourStart.org page likes:  13501-13458

LabourStart.org page follows: 14368-14305

Global Labour News and Information: 8864-8865

LabourStart UK:  2134-2133

LabourStart Francophone: 591

LabourStart Brasil:  551-509

LabourStart Turkce:  2198-2176

LabourStart TV: 447-459 follows.

 

LinkedIn:

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

Group: 2282-2253 members.

Page: 49-35 follows.

 

Twitter:

The Global Portuguese-language account received some attention this month No other concerted effort was made in the past month to increase our numbers.

Global English: 26608-26663

Canada English: 14908-14863

USA: 5631-5630

Australia: 4951-4957

Global Spanish: 4940

Portuguese: 4358-4153

Canada French: 2765-2783

Italian: 504 (last tweet June 2019)

Swedish: 348-349 (last tweet 2016)

Indonesia: 350 (last tweet 2015)

French: 228 – 229 (last tweet 2018)

German: 122-126 (last tweet 2018)

Russian: 43 (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: Mailing list,Social networks,Twitter |
Jan
01
2021
0

LabourStart in Numbers: 1 January 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: 74133 – 74224

French: 7613 – 7622

German: 5781 – 5797

Spanish: 5106 – 5098

Turkish: 4271 – 4274

Korean: 3317

Italian: 3289

Russian: 2677 – 2678

Norwegian: 2258 – 2261

Dutch: 1434 – 1437

 

The others:

Arabic:  736

Belarusian:  287

Bulgarian: 17

Chinese: 967 – 972

Creole:  11

Czech: 64

Danish: 101

Esperanto: 161

Farsi:  212

Finnish:  516

Georgian:  138

Greek: 54

Hebrew:  240

Hindi:  35

Hungarian:  191 – 193

Indonesian:  432

Japanese: 404

Polish: 862

Portuguese: 1303 – 1304

Punjabi:  2

Romanian:  39

Sinhalese: 1

Slovakian: 15

Swedish: 1013 – 1018

Tagalog: 159

Thai:  152

Ukrainian: 304 – 306

Vietnamese:  24

LabourStart Correspondents:  637 – 641

LabourStart Translators:  74 – 72

 

Flickr:

833 members.

10289 – 10279 photos.

 

Facebook Pages and Groups:

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

LabourStart.org page likes:  13458 – 13445

LabourStart.org page follows: 14305 – 14273

Global Labour News and Information: 8865 – 8869

LabourStart UK:  2133 – 2068

LabourStart Franco: 591 – 589

LabourStart Brasil:  550 – 509

LabourStart Turkce:  2176 – 2209

LabourStart TV: 459 – 445 follows.

 

LinkedIn:

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

Group: 2253 – 2225 members.

Page: 35 follows.

 

Twitter:

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

Global English: 26663 – 26309

Canada English: 14863 – 14669

USA: 5630 – 5623

Australia: 4957 – 4962

Global Spanish: 4940 – 4648

Portuguese: 4153 – 4066

Canada French: 2783 – 2271

Italian: 504 – 503 (last tweet June 2019)

Swedish: 349 – 351 (last tweet 2016)

Indonesia: 350 (last tweet 2015)

French: 228 – 229 (last tweet 2018)

German: 126 (last tweet 2018)

Russian: 43 – 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: Mailing list,Social networks,Twitter |
Dec
28
2020
0

A busy end to 2020 at LabourStart

At the end of each year, we write to all our volunteer translators. Our message this year included this:

We’ve run 24 campaigns this year.

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 your efforts, 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.

Your work is turning that commitment of ours into a reality.

We also write to all our volunteer correspondents. In this year’s message, we wrote:

According to our statistics, 111 of you posted 55,618 news stories to our site this year. That’s average of 155 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.

This is entirely due to your efforts — and to your understanding of our movement and the challenges we face, in your country and all over the world.

In the last two weeks, despite the holiday season, we’ve been busy as usual.

New campaign: We launched a new campaign in support of Ukrainian workers who have gone without pay for the last three years. The campaign is backed by the Ukrainian union PROFBUD and BWI. Today it already has nearly 4,000 supporters, and appears in 9 languages with more coming.

Our home page: This is now working in Russian and Ukrainian, showing our current campaigns. The ‘more campaigns’ link now works for all languages, which are showing only the most recent active campaigns. All links on the home page that pointed to insecure (http) links now point to secure (https) versions of the same page. We’ve been going through our home pages in all languages trying to make certain that all signup links to our mailing list now point to Mailchimp and not Sendy.

Reviving dormant languages: We wrote to volunteer translators for Finnish and Polish, and are following up also with Arabic, Farsi, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Thai, and Vietnamese as well. All of these languages have had volunteer translators in the past, and if we can revive them all, our campaigns will reach much larger audiences.

Outreach: We wrote to a large number if Indian and Pakistani mine workers’ unions, and also reached out to the person who controls the ‘India labour news’ page on Facebook, in the hope of growing LabourStart’s presence in the region.

Bookshop: We’ve added many more titles to our US and UK bookshops on bookshop.org, and are planning to hold live author events on Zoom next month. In December, the US bookshop had 241 views and the UK one had 384 views and two sales.

Correspondents’ webinar: Our first-ever online meeting with correspondents was a success, with 35 participants.

LinkedIn: We now have a page in addition to our long-standing group. It has 33 followers. The group has grown to 2,250.

Resistance: This is the working title of the next collection of essays by Dan Gallin which we will be publishing in the next few weeks. Work on this has now resumed.

Dec
14
2020
0

Victories in Belarus, Colombia; new campaigns in Brazil, Kyrgyzstan; webinars; and we have a bookshop!

Apologies once again as this update has been delayed by a couple of weeks. It’s been a very busy month and here are some highlights:

Belarus: We shared the good news of the release of the jailed trade unionists (pictured) widely across social media and closed our campaign.

Brazil: We launched a campaign demanding an end the anti-union attacks in the city of São Paulo. After one month online, the campaign has 6,198 supporters.

Cambodia: We closed our current campaign after three months. We don’t know the result yet as we have not yet heard back from the sponsoring unions – ITUC and EI.

Canada: We invited our list to view the CLIFF videos — one of which received a LabourStart prize.

Colombia: We won a big victory in the ‘death shifts’ campaign and publicised this widely.(Pictured – right.)

India: We are in discussions with a colleague who had been an active LabourStart correspondent about ramping up our activities by working together on an Indian labour news page on Facebook which he founded, and that already has tens of thousands of supporters.

Iran: We raised the question of a campaign in support of a workers’ rights activists who received 74 lashes — but have not yet heard back from our global union partner.

Kyrgyzstan: We launched a major new campaign, and now have nearly 6,000 supporters. The campaign has benefitted from repeated posts across social media, and the GUF partners all posting news stories on their home pages about this.

Philippines: We gave a lot of publicity to the global unions’ “Workers’ Quest for Justice – an international webinar on human rights and the labour movement” which took place on 23 November.

UK: I gave a talk (via Zoom) to a London branch of Unite the Union. The subject was LabourStart; the branch has made a donation to us.


Books: We have launched — just in time for Christmas — online bookshops in cooperation with bookshop.org in the USA and UK.

Correspondents: We cleared the backlog of new correspondent applications. At the moment, we have 1,007 correspondents, the majority of whom are inactive. Of those, 64 joined us in 2020. (See ‘webinars’ below.)

Internationalisation: We’re checking all our home pages in various languages to try to standardise features and have completed this for the Dutch page.

Interns: In addition to our two current interns in the USA, Nate and Hargun, we have agreed with the Global Labour University (based in Germany) to take on one or two more for a 6-week period starting in mid-February. We have already interviewed the first one, a young Israeli trade unionist.

Labour Newswire: Our language-based newswires have been broken for some time, but we finally managed to find the problem and fixed the Russian and Spanish ones. We can now begin to publicise these again. We purged the Labour Newswire Global Network page of the many websites which no longer use our newswires (or which have gone defunct).

Site security: Due to changes made by our Internet host (IONOS), we were compelled to close our CloudFlare account and instead have bought into IONOS’ system, SiteLock. We needed to work with IONOS tech support to get this all to work properly. We are working to ensure that all pages on our site are now SSL-protected and no longer trigger warning messages in browsers.

Social media: In addition to our LinkedIn group, we now have a LinkedIn page which we are starting to recruit to.

Webinars: We are today holding our first-ever Zoom webinar, for LabourStart correspondents. Over 50 people have registered to attend. We plan to hold many more webinars to support our campaigns, etc. We are hoping to hold another public webinar in support of FLOC in the US, with the support of the IUF, but are waiting.

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