Archive for February, 2009

Eine Botschaft für die Juden

Saturday, February 21st, 2009

Der südafrikanische Gewerkschaftsverband Cosatu unterstützt die Weigerung der Hafenarbeiter in Durban, ein israelisches Schiff zu entladen. Die Kampagne richtet sich auch gegen die jüdische Gemeinde des Landes.
Full article here.

Protestors remember war victims, denounce ‘Holocaust’ bombing

Sunday, February 15th, 2009

bombenholocaust.pngBy police accounts, it was the largest demonstration of its kind. Some 6,000 protestors gathered to remember the innocent victims of a bombing campaign that was so terrible it could be compared to the Holocaust. In fact, the banners they carried explicitly called it a ‘bombing Holocaust’.
Pro-Palestinian demonstrators in London? Nope – neo-Nazis yesterday in Dresden.
The German left did not participate in the protest. Instead, they staged a counter-demonstration.
Just like the British left should have done when pro-Hamas demonstrators marched through London streets shouting anti-Semitic slogans.

Nationalistisch gegen die Krise

Thursday, February 12th, 2009

In Großbritannien streikten Arbeiter und erhoben die Forderung »Britische Jobs für britische Arbeiter«. Das hatte auch der Pre­mierminister versprochen, dessen Labour-Regierung den Streik aber verurteilte.
Full article is here.
English version here

UnionBook launched

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

In early February 2009, LabourStart announced the public launch of UnionBook (, the social network for trade unionists. Within days, the site came alive with blogs, discussion forums, shared files and groups. As I write these words, there are already a large number of groups in UnionBook with new ones forming every day.


Keeping the organizers organized

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

Trade unionists talk a lot about organising, but how well organised are we ourselves? I’ve tried lots of tools over the years with the goal of being better organised, including personal digital assistants (PDAs), PC-based software, and most recently web-based tools. Most recently, I’ve gotten hooked by a fantastic service called Highrise.


Touchstone: The TUC’s group blog

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

The TUC has a problem: on its staff are a number of people who knew a great deal about a wide range of subjects. But what they know — on health and safety, pensions, climate change — is not shared more broadly with the trade union movement and the general public. And the mainstream media cannot be relied upon to give the unions a platform to express our views on public policy. That’s why the TUC decided on an innovative solution: a group blog.
The launch of the Touchstone blog late in the summer of 2008 marks another innovation coming from the heart of what one would have expected to be a conservative and slow-moving bureaucracy. But the TUC is actually ahead of the pack with this kind of blog.