Global Labour Calendar – how you can help – and more news from the last week

Our 2014 calendar.

Global Labour Calendar: We plan to have this ready and on sale on 1 October. If you have any great labour photos that we might consider using, please email If you have ideas for dates we should mark on the calendar, please email

Afghanistan: We have reached out to both national trade union centres in the country, and have also engaged with the ITUC. We continue to upload news stories from unions abroad about Afghanistan, mostly from the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ).

Egypt: We have a campaign ready, but have been asked to place it on hold for the moment.

Iran: We are discussing launching a new campaign with an NGO that campaigns in support of jailed trade unionists, Free Them Now. More details soon.

Myanmar: We are in discussions with a Danish trade union about a possible campaign.

Internationalisation: Having largely completed the fixes to our Hebrew page, we’re now turning our attention to LabourStart’s Arabic language edition — including efforts to revitalise our core group of volunteer correspondents across the Arab world.

LabourStart Jobs: We continue adding jobs, mostly from Canada and the UK for the moment, publicising them across social media every week.

News database: We’ve continued work on the problem of countries whose names have changed. From this week, correspondents will no longer have the option to use the older names of a number of countries, including Swaziland, Burma and East Timor (though people will be able to view news posted under those names in the past).


Afghanistan, Egypt, Hungary, Iran, Israel, Puerto Rico, Sweden, Turkey: LabourStart is there to help

August is quiet time for many people and even some trade unions — but not for LabourStart.

We’re responding to a number of new appeals for help which come in every day …

Afghanistan: We’re posting any comments and statements by unions which we can find, and have been sharing posts across social media as well.

Egypt: We are just about to launch a new campaign in support of workers at Lord International – details this coming week.

Europe: We have been reaching out to the various European regional organisations of the global union federations, and this coming week will have a call with another of the general secretaries.

Hungary: After a slow start, the campaign has picked up quite a bit – and currently has over 5,200 supporters. We raised the question of Hungarian support for the campaign with ETF.

Iran: A group that campaigns to release jailed trade unionists has reached out to us and we’ve scheduled a call for later this week to discuss joint actions.

Israel: We learned that the workers at 10bis, for whom we campaigned earlier this year, have won a big victory in the courts. We’re waiting for an English translation of the news to appear, and it’s already on our Hebrew language edition. In addition, we made further improvements to how our news shows in Hebrew (and other languages) on the country pages, having fixed the main home page last week.

Puerto Rico: We’ll be following up with several emails in the hope of providing some support for electricity workers there, possibly a campaign.

Sweden: We have prepared a new campaign and are waiting for the green light from the union.

Turkey: We have now closed our campaign in support of Cihan Erdal. The campaign had 7,172 supporters and appeared in 16 languages. As we wrote: “Cihan was ordered released from custody on 15 June 2021. He has to report to the police twice a week and cannot leave the country. Hearings will start again in September 2021.

LabourStart Jobs: We did the first round of publicity for our new project — — and will do weekly bursts – including a mailing to our subscribers, and highlighting some key jobs.

New correspondents: We added four new correspondents this week, two from the USA and one each from Morocco and the UK.

Our home page: We had a problem — the second country in a news story was rendering in the correct language on one part of the home page (the bottom) but not the other parts. This is now fixed — the country name is now correctly translated across the whole page.


New campaign launched to support air traffic controllers in Hungary

Belarus: Shared widely the IFJ’s report on “one year of repression” with 29 journalists in captivity.

Hungary: We launch a major new campaign together with ETF.  Just a few days after launch it has 3,037 supporters and appears in 9 languages.

Hong Kong: Shared widely Amnesty International’s report on the “intensifying crackdown on independent labour organizations”.

Sweden: We will be launching a new campaign this week, probably today.

USA: We gave extensive publicity to the passing of Richard Trumka on Thursday. In addition, Eric’s weekly column for Solidarity is about this.

Bookshop: One day after doing a mailing to our English list promoting the book Dying for an iPhone, there were 91 views on our UK and US bookshops, but no sales.

Correspondents: We resumed regular mailings to LabourStart’s nearly 1,000 correspondents.

LabourStart Jobs: We got our new domain to work, but are still waiting on final revisions for the site’s logo before we go fully live.

Mailing lists: Our lists grew by just 46 this week.

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Book of the month, labour history, and 3 new campaigns: Another week for LabourStart

Since last Wednesday we’ve had a very busy week …

Chile: We’ve had full coverage of the strike at the world’s largest copper mine, and have publicised that fact across social media.

Egypt: We’ll be exploring the possibility of new campaign with our friends at the CTUWS.

Europe: We’ve continued running with the Fedex/TNT campaign for at least another month, at the request of the ETF.

Hungary: We expect to shortly launch a campaign in support of workers who’ve been forbidden to strike – at the request of the European Transport Workers’ Federation.

Kazakhstan: We closed the campaign in all languages, but may need to do another as the issues have not been resolved.

Malawi: We added a new correspondent from the journalists’ union.

Romania: Our mailing list in Romanian grew by several hundred due to the campaign we’re running in support of Bucharest metro workers.

Sweden: We’ve responded favourably to the request for a campaign and are expecting something quite soon.

Adding news: We’ve cleaned up the pages where correspondents add news, dropping a lot of extraneous material.

Book of the month: We’ve started promoting a book of the month — on our home page, across social media and soon, in a mailing. The authors of ‘Dying for an iPhone‘ are delighted.

Campaigns: We’ve shared a piece Derek wrote — Ten Reasons Why Unions Should Use LabourStart for Online Campaigns — on our home page.

Country news: Our country news page was not rendering correctly on small screens (like smartphones); this has now been fixed.

Donations: We followed up with appeals to several global unions, and BWI committed to a donation again this year.

Internationalisation: Our Hebrew home page had many problems, with far too much English and texts aligning on the wrong side of the page — all of this now fixed this week, as we move to other languages one by one.

LabourStart Jobs: We continue to make progress on this — it’s now multilingual and we’ve two designs for logos, and have registered the domain name Still working on this.

Today in Labour History: We had problems with character encoding which were screwing up the display of non-English texts — now fixed, as you can see on our home page.


LabourStart in Numbers: 1 August 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 which experienced growth are in bold.

We continue to see the effects of the EU’s GDPR.  While several mailing lists continue to decline we are in fact adding as many new addresses to those lists as we have done historically when we have a new campaign running.

Note the massive growth in our Romanian list, the result of the Bucharest Metro workers campaign.

Mailing Lists:

The top 10:

English: 75499-74611

French: 7778-7728

German: 5839-5833

Spanish: 5209-5132

Turkish: 4233-4228

Korean: 3299-3296

Italian: 3223-3238

Russian: 2703-2714

Norwegian: 2210-2244

Dutch: 1527-1520

The others:

Arabic:  823-817

Belarusian:  288

Bulgarian: 17

Chinese: 950-963

Creole:  11

Czech: 64-63

Danish: 96-99

Esperanto: 172-167

Farsi:  212

Finnish:  489-490

Georgian:  138

Greek: 54

Hebrew:  309-307

Hindi:  34

Hungarian:  186-194

Indonesian:  433

Japanese: 396-397

Malaysian: 6

Polish: 861-860

Portuguese: 1342-1309

Punjabi:  2

Romanian:  1772-39

Sinhalese: 1

Slovakian: 15

Swedish: 979-989

Tagalog: 159

Thai:  152

Ukrainian: 306

Vietnamese:  21


Executive:  12-14

LabourStart Correspondents:  645-640

LabourStart Translators:  87



834 members.

10190-10176 photos.


Facebook Pages/Groups:

No concerted effort was made in the past month to increase our numbers. page likes:  14450-16535 page follows: 13557-14433

Global Labour News and Information: 8906-8926

LabourStart UK:  2107-2115

LabourStart Francophone: 589-593

LabourStart Brasil:  506-551

LabourStart Turkce:  2140-2136

LabourStart TV: 451

LabourStart Israel: 149 (new April 2021)



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

Group: 2359-2325 members.

Page: 71-65 follows.



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

Global English: 28004-27423

Canada English: 16455-15922

Global Spanish: 5831-5732

USA: 5554-5603

Australia: 5422-5356

Portuguese: 5038-5000

Canada French: 2907-2747

Russian: 46-48 (reactivated March 2021)

Hebrew:  38-30 (new April 2021)

Italian: 498-503 (last tweet June 2019)

Swedish: 342-344 (last tweet 2016)

Indonesia: 349-350 (last tweet 2015)

French: 226-228 (last tweet 2018)

German: 120-122 (last tweet 2018)

Japanese: 21-20 (last tweet 2012)

Dutch: 12 (last tweet April 2012)

Arabic: 7 (last tweet May 2012)

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