May Day 2021

May Day: We’ve announced our event – an online meeting in support of jailed trade unionists in Hong Kong, Myanmar, Belarus, Turkey and Iran.  We’re invited the speakers and created a signup form for participants.  At the moment, 720 people have visited the registration page, and 257 have signed up to participate in the event — after less than one day of publicity.

Books: We’re in the final stages before the launch of Dan Gallin’s book, Resistance. Details soon.

New correspondents: We added new correspondents from the USA, Vanuatu, the UK, Canada, Italy, Nigeria and Malaysia.

Jordan: We asked the Education International if it’s possible to close down this campaign, which has now been running for more than 3 months.

Malaysia: We are about to launch a campaign, at the request of BWI.

Donations: We received another generous donation from a union in Norway.

FAQ: We had an old page on the site with old information — this has now been updated.

Home page: We fixed a problem – if there was a second country for the news story for a top story, it wasn’t appearing.


Kyrgyzstan: We spoke too soon …

We spoke too soon – in Kyrgyzstan, the government has had a change of heart and has passed anti-union laws. We are just about to launch a campaign demanding that the president veto that law.

In other news …

Canada: We’ve done a mailing to our entire global list encouraging submissions to CLIFF, the labour film festival. We received a very generous donation from a Canadian union. And we also launched a new Canada-only campaign.

Israel: We continued with building our mailing list and social media following, writing directly to the more than 500 Hebrew speakers who supported our campaign – which now has just under 7,500 supporters.

Myanmar: We have given extensive publicity to two union fundraisers, organised by DSA in the US, and BWI.

Pakistan: We did more followup mailings to promote our campaign, also to our English, German and French lists.  The campaign has over 7,000 supporters.

Home page: A problem emerged with the ‘more stories’ for country link not working; this has now been fixed.

Interns: We participated in Cornell University’s Social Justice Career Fair and interviewed a number of participants. Three of these were short-listed, they were interviewed, and we took a decision to hire one, who will begin work in June. Our intern Amos, who is studying at the Global Labour University in Berlin, completed his internship with us.

Labour News Network: We have revived this tool which allows LabourStart correspondents to post news stories that have not appeared elsewhere on the web. This is now being beta-tested. More details coming soon.

Mailing list: We added 366 new subscribers from the new campaign supporters, mostly to the English list but also with significant growth for the Dutch list.

May Day: We are working on two events online — a panel discussion focussing on jailed trade union activists around the world, and a possible world premiere online of a major new film about working people (more details soon).

RSS newswires: We have been alerted to the fact that these are broken; we will aim to fix them ASAP.


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


Executive:  12

LabourStart Correspondents:  627-643

LabourStart Translators:  87-86



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.



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

Group: 2320-2286 members.

Page: 61-56 follows.



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)

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