New campaign on Iran about to go live

Iran: We are about to go live later today with a campaign in support of striking oil workers in Iran.

Myanmar: After two weeks online, this campaign has less than 4,800 supporters. A Burmese version went live this week – and for the first time, LabourStart can now campaign in Burmese. We’re having a call with BWI to discuss next steps.

Puerto Rico: The number of supporters has grown significantly — now up to 6,638. The campaign is in 13 languages and we’ve seen very significant support in Spanish for the first time – with 1,093 supporters backing the campaign in Spanish.  839 of th0se are in Puerto Rico – in addition to 159 supporters of the English language campaign coming from Puerto Rico as well.

USA: We’ve received a green light to suspend our campaign in support of FLOC tobacco workers, which has been running for more than 3 months and has 5,186 supporters.

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Last week on LabourStart: New campaign, new live events, and a new intern

Iran: We have reached out to IndustriALL who will probably sponsor a campaign with us in support of striking oil workers next week.

Myanmar: The campaign is growing slowly, and after 8 days online has just 3,835 supporters. A followup mailing to some 70,000 names on the English list is going out today. A Burmese language version has been prepared. We asked the global unions if they wanted to host a live event and they are now consulting about this.

Puerto Rico: The campaign went live last Friday and has grown quickly (4,624 supporters in the first 6 days).  As a result, we now have a fairly large number of campaign supporters in Puerto Rico (406 in Spanish and 150 in English). In addition, the union has agreed to hold an online event hosted by LabourStart.

Campaigns: We discovered a bug in the software that showed the wrong error message if you failed to select a country; this has now been fixed.

Intern: We have a new intern working with us from this week – Cam Cannon, from the University of Manitoba, in Canada.

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Weekly update: New campaign launched in support of democracy in Myanmar

As people come back to work after their summer holiday (in the northern hemisphere), we are beginning to see more activity, including new campaigns being launched this week.

Iran: As announced previously, we participated in an online event with various pro-democracy campaigners from Iran. The text of my remarks are here.

Myanmar: We launched a major new campaign with the support of global unions today. We had a Zoom call earlier this week with BWI staffers who responded to our suggestion of a campaign.

Puerto Rico: We are launching a campaign this week in support of electricity workers. We had a Zoom call with leaders of the union and supporters in the mainland US about this.

Closed campaigns: We have now closed down our Thailand Yachiyoda campaign and the long-running Fedex/TNT campaign after more than three months, with the approval of the sponsoring unions.

Essential for Recovery: We did fairly extensive publicity online for this 3-day event whose sponsors included the ITUC, UNI Global Union, IDWF, the Solidarity Center, etc.

Today in Labour History: There was a problem with the software to delete records; this has now been fixed.

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Weekly update: Afghanistan, Iran, Korea, Kyrgyzstan, Sweden and Thailand

Afghanistan: We continue to look for, and promote, news about the fate of the trade unions and workers, with several top stories — many coming from the International Federation of Journalists.

Iran: We’ll be participating in an online event on Sunday in support of striking oil workers.

Korea: We had a lot of information about the arrest of the leader of the KCTU, and publicised this across social media.

Kyrgyzstan: We shared widely the good news that following a campaign on LabourStart, the anti-worker bill was finally vetoed by the President.

Sweden: Our comrades have asked us to wait until 15 September before launching the campaign.

Thailand: We’re asked for permission to close down the campaign which has now been running for three months.

Correspondents: We signed up new correspondents in Brussels and Geneva. Our new Moroccan correspondent has been active, posting in Arabic, French and English.

Donations: We received a generous donation from UNI Global Union.

Essential for Recovery event: We did extensive publicity to support this event, which is being backed by ITUC, UNI, Solidarity Center, WIEGO and others.

Global Labour Calendar 2022: We’re continuing to collect photos and suggestions for dates to highlight. If there are dates in this list that you think should appear in the calendar, please let us know.

Jobs: We were approached by two unions who asked about how jobs are added to LabourStart and one has already signed up as a correspondent to post these. Unions are beginning to see the value in Correspondents are encouraged to post jobs using the same link as we use to post news.

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LabourStart in Numbers: 1 September 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.

Mailing Lists:

The top 10:

English: 75464-75499

French: 7780-7778

German: 5839

Spanish: 5203-5209

Turkish: 4233

Korean: 3299

Italian: 3223

Russian: 2703

Norwegian: 2210

Dutch: 1525-1527

The others:

Arabic:  823

Belarusian:  288

Bulgarian: 17

Chinese: 949-950

Creole:  11

Czech: 64

Danish: 96

Esperanto: 173-172

Farsi:  212

Finnish:  489

Georgian:  138

Greek: 54

Hebrew:  308-309

Hindi:  34

Hungarian:  189-186

Indonesian:  433

Japanese: 396

Malaysian: 6

Polish: 861

Portuguese: 1342

Punjabi:  2

Romanian:  1772

Sinhalese: 1

Slovakian: 15

Swedish: 982-979

Tagalog: 159

Thai:  152

Ukrainian: 306

Vietnamese:  21


Executive:  12

LabourStart Correspondents:  652-645

LabourStart Translators:  87



835-834 members. 

10151-10190 photos (PURGED OF OFF-TOPIC PHOTOS).


Facebook Pages/Groups:

No concerted effort was made in the past month to increase our numbers. page likes:  13536 page follows: 14428

Global Labour News and Information: 8906

LabourStart UK:  2048-2107

LabourStart Francophone: 589

LabourStart Brasil:  504-506

LabourStart Turkce:  2140

LabourStart TV: 450-451

LabourStart Israel: 149



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

Group: 2380-2359 members.

Page: 71 follows.



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

Global English: 28155-28004

Canada English: 16456-16455

Global Spanish: 5850-5831

USA: 5553-5554

Australia: 5434-5422

Portuguese: 5102-5038

Canada French: 3048-2907

Russian: 46 (reactivated March 2021)

Hebrew:  42-38 (new April 2021)

Italian: 497-498 (last tweet June 2019)

Swedish: 343-342 (last tweet 2016)

Indonesia: 349 (last tweet 2015)

French: 226 (last tweet 2018)

German: 120 (last tweet 2018)

Japanese: 21 (last tweet 2012)

Dutch: 12 (last tweet April 2012)

Arabic: 7 (last tweet May 2012)

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New campaigns coming for Egypt, Puerto Rico and Sweden? And more news in our weekly update

Egypt: Following recent developments at Lord International we have reached out again to our partners asking if the campaign we created now needs to go live.

Europe: We had a very positive online meeting with EFFAT, the European food workers’ union.

Global: We are helping publicise the ‘Essential for Recovery’ event next week which is being sponsored by ITUC, UNI Global Union, and others.

Puerto Rico: We have reached out to the electrical workers union offering help with their struggle.

Sweden: Our not-yet-launched campaign is on hold for another two weeks while we wait for the decision of the local union, who have gotten back to us.

Fundraising: UNI Global Union has made a very generous donation.

Global labour calendar: We have begun work on this, aiming to have it ready for publication by 1 October.

Internationalisation: We wrote to our Arabic correspondents from Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Palestine, Tunisia and Yemen asking for their help to revive the page and to translate our campaigns. We did the same with our Hebrew language correspondents, two of whom have now responded favourably. We made a number of additional improvements to both the Arabic and Hebrew editions this week. We also reviewed the Farsi language edition of LabourStart and noted next steps. Other languages will follow.

Jobs: We listed another dozen jobs in the last two weeks and have done a weekly round of publicity across social media. Correspondents are encouraged to help with this as all the jobs being posted are coming from the UK and Canada for the moment.

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