Another week, another victory: Mauritius workers end hunger strike

Mauritius campaign: This was one of our fastest and most successful. A hunger strike by union leaders and cleaners at schools ended after just a couple of days. We managed to get 5,570 supporters in that short time. We’ve been thanked by the union, and will be reporting on this win (and others) in a mass mailing to our lists today.

Cambodia campaign: This campaign will shortly close, but we were sent some new graphics by the Clean Clothes Campaign which we’ve shared on social media. This did not produce an immediate positive result (new supporters). The campaign is currently our largest with 8,317 supporters.

Georgia campaign: We were asked in a Facebook message to help with a struggle in Georgia and waiting to get details.

Mailing lists: We picked up 251 new subscribers this week.

Fundraising: I spent all day yesterday at a “Crowdfunding Academy” event, learning the basics of crowdfunding.

About page: We’ve done a redesign of this page on the site, and fixed some of the text. Other pages on the site will also need to be updated.

Finally, yesterday evening I was invited to speak for a few minutes at the launch of Space4, a centre for tech cooperatives in North London, and spoke about LabourStart.

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Victories in Canada, Egypt, Norway …

This week can celebrate a bit.  We have three victories to report on …

Toronto Pearson Airport campaign: This campaign was a win for the workers and we were glad to help. The strike is now over and the workers have won major concessions from their employer. Details coming soon.

Egypt campaign: Another win as all 9 trade union leaders have been freed from jail (on bail). Kamal Abbas of the CTUWS writes “Dear comrades, Many thanks for your support and solidarity in the LabourStart campaign to release the Egyptian nine Trade Union Leaders.”

Norway campaign: No, you’re not forgetting something. We very nearly had a campaign for Norwegian workers, but the workers won before we had a chance to launch this. (This is not the first time this has happened to us.)

Cambodia campaign: With over 8,200 supporters this is our largest current campaign. We’ve been asked to give it another boost next week with some new graphics supplied by the Clean Clothes Campaign, and will do so. In an effort to boost support for the campaign in its last weeks online, we ran a Facebook ad campaign. The campaign was shown 22,705 times and 375 people clicked on the ad, reaching the campaign page. Of those, only 27 seem to have supported the campaign, at a cost of $3 per additional new supporter — so not a great use of our money.

Indonesia campaign: We did a followup mailing in English to the 72,422 people who received but did not open the previous message. This led to a boost of 1,035 new supporters for the campaign, which is now over 6,000 supporters.

Mailing lists: Our lists continue to grow as we launch new campaigns. We picked up 451 new subscribers this week.

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Indonesia, Canada get new LabourStart campaigns – and moving toward 10,000 supporters

Indonesia campaign: We launched a campaign in support of Indonesian dockworkers together with the ITF. Initially take-up was quite slow, but the campaign is now up to speed and growing quickly. For the first time in many months, I include in the mailing a link to show readers which campaigns they have not yet supported. This should lead to more signatories to the existing campaigns, none of which have broken through the 10,000 barrier yet.

Canada campaign: We launched a campaign at the request of a group of unions at Toronto’s Pearson airport. At the moment this is a Canada-only campaign, but we may globalise in the next few days.

Egypt campaign: We did a followup mailing today to the more than 70,000 people who didn’t open the previous message; this is now standard operating procedure for us for all campaigns a week or so after we launch them. It would be useful to do something similar for the non-English campaigns as well, particularly for our larger lists.

Colombia campaign: As with Egypt, a mailing went out last week to the people on the English list who don’t seem to have opened the earlier message. This added about 1,200 new supporters to the campaign.

Cambodia campaign: This is our largest current campaign — by far — with over 8,200 messages sent. It appears in an unprecedented 18 languages. We are due to close it in about three weeks — but it would be great to see if we could raise the numbers here to 10,000 in the remaining days.

Mailing lists: Thanks to our newest campaigns we added 538 new subscribers to the lists. We had a problem with the Indonesian list, which was boosted by some 6,000 new subscribers earlier this year. It seems that many of these may not be valid addresses, no doubt added by enthusiastic supporters, and MailChimp is demanding that these addresses all be re-certified.

Outgoing mail: As we are now sending most messages directly from the 1&1 server, we’ve run into the problem that some spam blockers reject these messages. I’ve made a formal support request to 1&1 to sort this out.

Books: Work has begun on a second volume of Dan Gallin’s writings. We still need to sort out payments from Amazon and its CreateSpace subsidiary which remain problematic.

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