Nearly 800 more supporters for our latest campaign in the last two weeks, and two more campaigns in the pipelinee

August is generally a slow month for the international trade union movement, and this is reflected in the lack of new campaigns. Here is what’s happened to our existing campaigns this month — the number in brackets is the total from 17 days ago. Note very significant gains for the Russian and XPO campaigns.

Russia: Union-busting at the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology – 9,050 [8,278] +772
Norway: Sekkingstad and Sund, stop union busting! – 7,449 [7,408] +41
XPO: Time to talk about your behaviour – 7,406 [7,155] +251
Korea: Oracle workers on strike – 7,272 [7,223] +49
France: Rail unions fight against privatisation – 7,188 [7,156] +32
USA: Time for Wendt to negotiate with the union – 6,755 [6,743] +12
Australia: Exxon Mobil – time for a fair deal for your workers – 6,412 [6,377] +35

In other news this month …

Brazil: It seems like we are about to launch a campaign here — stay tuned.

Europe: We boosted coverage of the Ryanair strike both on our news pages and on social media.

France: We asked the ITF for permission to close our French railway workers’ campaign, now running for more than three months. As you can see above, very few new supporters are signing up.

Germany: We promoted a story on social media about the youth section of the trade union federation DGB reiterating their opposition of boycotts of Israel.

Indonesia: We promoted the IUF’s Bali campaign in a mailing to LabourStart’s English list, and throughout social networks.

Iran: We publicised a new story about repression targetting teacher trade unionists.

Israel: We widely publicised a story about a big nurses strike across the country.

Kenya: We promoted a story about a tear gas attack on striking hospital workers on our news page and on social networks.

Romania: We gave extensive publicity to an IFJ story about attacks on journalists.

South Africa: We gave prominence to a story about the AMCU threatening to shut down the platinum mining business.

Sri Lanka: We’ve been approached by a global union federation and are about to launch a campaign targetting an employer in this country.

USA: We promoted widely a Boston Globe story about the increasing use of lockouts by employers. We also promoted the story about unions winning the referendum in Missouri, defeating a “right to work” (for less) law.

Campaigns: We discovered a problem with the code that made some of our pages appear to be security risks for users; now fixed.  It looks like we are about to launch two new campaigns — details above.

Donations: We received a generous donation from the steelworkers in Canada.

Mailing list: We promoted signups to our mailing list on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. We added 34 new subscribers to our lists. We also completed posting translations of texts so that when people support one of our campaigns in any language, but fail to check the box to sign up to our mailing list, they receive a reminder on the landing page.

Publicity: At the request of the International Centre for Trade Union Rights (ICTUR), we submitted an article on online campaigning for their quarterly journal International Union Rights.

Social networks: We did a mailing to our English list encouraging people to sign up to our pages on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. As a result, we picked up 181 new likes on Facebook and 141 new followers on Twitter. Our group on LinkedIn, oddly, seems have gotten smaller.


August not a slow season for us: Europe, Korea, Palestine, Philippines, Russia, Turkey, UK, Zimbabwe …

Here is the regular report on our active campaigns, with the totals from a week ago in brackets. The campaigns are listed in order of popularity, which is unchanged since last week. The most significant growth took place for the XPO campaign, due to the German translation — picking up nearly 400 new supporters in the last 24 hours. All of the other campaigns have stalled.

Russia: Union-busting at the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology – 8,278 [8,219] +59
Norway: Sekkingstad and Sund, stop union busting! – 7,408 [7,361] +47
Korea: Oracle workers on strike – 7,223 [7,164] +59
France: Rail unions fight against privatisation – 7,156 [7,150] +6
XPO: Time to talk about your behaviour – 7,155 [6,758] +397
USA: Time for Wendt to negotiate with the union – 6,743 [6,735] +8
Australia: Exxon Mobil – time for a fair deal for your workers – 6,377 [6,333] +44
Canada: Solidarity With Women Striking for a Living Wage! – 2,038 [2,025] +13

Europe: We posted stories about the Amazon strikes to social networks.

Korea: We sent out the Chinese translation of the Oracle campaign to our list.

Palestine: We ran a top story on LabourStart which we promoted widely on social media about reports that a well-known New Zealand trade union leader was tasered and arrested by Israeli authorities while on a mission to Gaza.

Philippines: BWI’s story about an assassination attempt on a trade union leader was a top global news story on LabourStart and also shared widely by us on social media.

Russia: Our campaign in support of Professor Balashov is now live in German and the mailing is scheduled to go out on Monday morning. This is likely to bring this campaign to over 9,000 supporters (it’s now at 8,278 and is our largest current campaign).

Turkey: Following the victory by TUMTIS (recognition by DHL), we sent out a thank you message to our mailing lists which has gone out now in a dozen languages — Chinese, Czech, Dutch, English, Esperanto, German, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish, and Tagalog.  Other translations are on their way.

UK: USDAW’s campaign in support of workers at Marks & Spencer was promoted to our UK mailing list, Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook. When we began, their campaign had 6,108 supporters; today it has 6,763, so we have helped to grow it by 10%.

Zimbabwe: We widely shared the ITUC’s statement on social media and as a top story on LabourStart.

Mailing lists: Our special prompt on the campaign landing page encouraging people to sign up to the list (if they left that box unchecked) has this week been translated into Czech, Hungarian, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish. We have about six more languages in the pipeline which will be added in the next few days.  This should help us counter the effect of GDPR, which bans us from pre-checking the box to join our mailing list.  We added 47 new subscribers to our lists this week, most of them to the English list.

XPO Campaign: This is now live in German, and a mailing has gone out (see above for results).

Written by admin in: Campaigns,Mailing list |

LabourStart in Numbers: May – July 2018

Some highlights:

* Our mailing lists are shrinking in size, largely due to the effect of GDPR – which prevents us from automatically signing up new supporters for our campaigns. All of our top 10 lists have gotten smaller, and the only lists to grow were three of the small ones (Esperanto, Indonesian and Ukrainian).

* Growth on Facebook has also been tiny, with a number of our pages showing declines. This cannot be blamed on GDPR.

* Some good news: Our larger feeds on Twitter are growing well – 240 new followers for our main English global feed, 559 for our Canadian feed in English, and 258 for our US feed. But our smaller feeds remain neglected, we are not posting regularly to them, and they are not growing.

In the list below, the first number is the current total, the second one is our previous total.

Mailing lists

The top 10:

English: 81,559 – 82,997
French: 8,658 – 8,907
German: 6,131 – 6,225
Spanish: 5,372 – 5,432
Turkish: 4,189 – 4,205
Korean: 3,740 – 3,773
Italian: 3,733 – 3,821
Norwegian: 2,644 – 2,647
Russian: 2,484 – 2,501
Dutch: 1,669 – 1,679

The others:

Swedish: 1,180 – 1,180
Chinese: 1,040 – 1,055
Arabic: 957 – 957
Portuguese: 861 – 865
Polish: 798 – 798
Finnish: 595 – 595
Japanese: 447 – 454
Indonesian: 395 – 394
Ukrainian: 273 – 272
Hebrew: 264 – 266
Farsi: 232 – 232
Georgian: 217 – 217
Tagalog: 203 – 205
Esperanto: 174 – 171
Hungarian: 156 – 158
Danish: 91 – 91
Czech: 73 – 76
Thai: 64 – 64
Greek: 57 – 58
Romanian: 41 – 41
Hindi: 37 – 37
Vietnamese: 25 – 25
Bulgarian: 18 – 18
Slovakian: 15 – 20
Creole: 12 – 12
Sinhalese: 1 – 1


Like page (English): 12,395 – 12,377
Members of LabourStart group (Global Labour News and Information): 8,795 – 8,830
Like LabourStart page (Turkish): 2,368 – 2,406
Like LabourStart UK page: 2,033 – 2,020
Like LabourStart page (French): 576 – 574
Like LabourStart page (German): 493 – 493
Friends of LabourStart Brasil: 428 – 415
LabourStart TV: 403 – 401
Like LabourStart page (Hebrew): 159 – 159
Members of LabourStart Vostok (Russian): 126 -124


English: 20,545 – 20,305
Canada English: 9,469 – 8,910
USA: 3,560 – 3,302
Australia: 2,676 – 2,688
Canada French: 1,957 – 1,948
Italian: 532 – 527
Swedish: 366 – 369
Indonesia: 353 – 355
Portuguese: 291 – 277
French: 231 – 231
German: 95 – 92
Spanish: 69 – 68
Russian: 28 – 24
Japanese: 19 – 19
Norwegian: 18 – 18
Turkish: 14 – 14
Dutch: 12 – 12
Arabic: 7 – 8

Linked In

LabourStart group: 2,028 – 2,038


Union group on Flickr: 831 – 832

Website traffic to the main news website

Visitors 239,465

Top countries (by sessions):

USA 32%
UK 7%
Germany 7%
Canada 7%
India 6%

Correspondents: 883 – 877

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