May
31
2011
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New campaign launched

We’ve been asked by the Trades Union Congress (UK) and others to support the Iraqi trade  unions with this new campaign.

Written by admin in: Campaigns |
May
27
2011
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UnionBook – Grow or die

I’ve just sent out a message to the 3,654 members of UnionBook saying that unless they can recruit another 1,346 members in the next 100 days, we’ll have to consider shutting down the site.  I’m not saying we’re shutting it down on September 4th, 2011, but if we can’t grow it, if people aren’t really using it, it’s not worth the time and effort being put it into it.  Let’s see what kind of response we get.

Update after 3 days (30.5): We’re up to 3,707 – a gain of 53.  I’ll be writing to all UnionBook members again in about 11 days – we’ll see if we’re on course for 5,000 members by then.

Written by admin in: UnionBook |
May
26
2011
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Huffington Post boycott

Following up on the call by the Newspaper Guild, a trade union in the United States, LabourStart correspondents are encouraged NOT to link to news stories appearing on the Huffington Post until further notice.

Written by admin in: News database |
May
23
2011
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Neighbors

There’s now a page on the conference website which will focus on the 20 countries either bordering on Turkey or within 1,000 km of Istanbul — we will be contacting each of those trade union movements over the next few days and weeks and will update the page accordingly.  Done today: Albania and Armenia.

Written by admin in: 2011 conference |
May
23
2011
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Needed: Your ideas on workshops for our conference

The conference is now less than 6 months away.  But we haven’t gotten a lot of responses to appeal for ideas for workshops.  The plan is to have 20 of these over the course of 2 days.  So please – if you have any ideas for subjects you would like discussed, please share them!  Email [email protected] with your ideas.  Thanks very much.

Written by admin in: 2011 conference |
May
22
2011
2

Labour Video of the Year: Where are the voters?

With little more than a week left to vote, we’ve had 953 votes cost.  Last year, 3,000 people voted.  Obviously, we’ll send out reminders.  But any thoughts on why so few people are voting this time?

Written by admin in: Labour video of the year |
May
20
2011
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A global labour films TV channel?

We’ve been approached by a colleague who is working on something like that, a very interesting idea. We’ll have more details by the end of the month, including any role LabourStart might play.

Written by admin in: Uncategorized |
May
19
2011
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Problems with new ActNOW form?

We’ve gotten a handful of complaints in the last month from people who couldn’t fill in the form.  There have always been complaints – but we know that for thousands of people the form works fine.  But the number of complaints is now too high to ignore, so I’ll be investigating what’s happening here.  It could be related to the redesign of the form, and the problem may only occur on certain devices (e.g., the iPad).  More later …

Update: I’ve removed a bit of unnecessary JavaScript – this might fix the problem.  We’ll stay alert and see if there are any more complaints.

Written by admin in: Campaigns |
May
18
2011
2

Six months to go

Our conference in Istanbul opens 6 months from today. Here’s what we’ve done so far:

  • Set the date and found a conference venue (Petrol Is headquarters in Istanbul)
  • Setup a conference steering committee in Turkey
  • Created a basic conference website
  • Prepared a simple flyer for distribution at union conferences – being distributed this week at the European Trade Union Confederation’s congress in Athens
  • Setup a Facebook event to which people can indicate whether they will attend (198 have so far said ‘yes’ or ‘maybe’)
  • Have arranged for a live television broadcast of the entire conference
  • Have begun reaching out to partners who will help us with workshops and with bringing participants
  • Contacted Istanbul hotels and will shortly produce a list of 3 that conference participants can choose from

Compared to previous events like this, we’re actually doing well, I think. But it’s important not to lose momentum. The way these things work, it’s suddenly November and nothing is ready …

Written by admin in: 2011 conference |
May
17
2011
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