The last 26 days

I’ve been late with an update because of a family vacation, but here’s a brief update on the last 26 days at LabourStart.


We launched one in support of a Libyan woman trade union leader who wounded in a gun attack.  It has 4,662 supporters and appears in 10 languages.

We are about to launch a quite interesting campaign with the probable support of unions in Israel and China. Details soon.

The ILO/ITUC campaign ‘50 for Freedom‘ is an important one and we’ve offered to help promote it — next week I have a scheduled call with the ITUC to discuss our involvement. The ILO has also shown interest in our involvment.  At the moment, the campaign has just 6,338 supporters worldwide.

We also promoted a number of campaigns hosted by unions and others including: Amnesty International’s campaign in support of a jailed Bahraini teacher union leader, several IUF campaigns, an Avaaz campaign by UN workers, and the European Transport Workers Federation European Citizen’s Initiative.


The date is set and the rooms reserved for our Global Solidarity Conference in Toronto in May 2016. We’ll send out a first save-the-date mailing in the next few days.


Nominations are once again open for the Arthur Svensson prize for trade union rights.   The union or individual who wins the prize gets US$84,000, and is invited to Oslo for the ceremony.  Please do nominate anyone you want, but it would be good if one or two of you could ask a union to nominate LabourStart.

We received a very substantial donation from a Norwegian union this month.

Mailing list:

We picked up 572 new subscribers, most of them for our English list, as a result of our campaigns.

An appeal sent out on 29 October urging people on our mailing lists to sign up new people had very disappointing results.


I updated our Android app in English to solve a particular problem (showing closed campaigns); it seems to work better now.

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