Online syndication opens new possibilities for union rights campaigners

February 12th, 2003

When we think of how we can use the Internet in the service of trade union rights, we’re usually thinking of three things:
1. Provision of information through websites
2. Online protest and solidarity tools such as email generators and petitions
3. Email lists for spreading the word
All of these are essential tools in any online campaign. They are used very effectively by campaigning organisations around the world. But here’s the problem: to know about these campaigns, you either have to visit the campaigning organisation’s website, or be on its mailing list.

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Online campaigns work

February 8th, 2003

In November last year, the Hilton Hotel in Sydney, Australia closed down for a $400 million face-lift. It was scheduled to re-open in 18 months time.
Several weeks earlier, the Hilton management told shocked employees that they were all going to be fired. Due to a loophole in the law, the maximum redundancy benefit was going to be only eight weeks pay (instead of the usual 16 weeks). Many employees would receive no redundancy pay at all.

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Why a website is not an online magazine

January 1st, 2003

Trade union websites, including those of teachers’ unions, are about to enter their third generation.

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Beyond the website: The experience of LabourStart’s labour newswire

January 1st, 2003

It’s one thing to have a website that a few hundred or thousand members of your union visit. It’s quite another to have a newswire service of your own, with your content appearing simultaneously on dozens — or hundreds — of other websites.

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Lies, Damn Lies, Statistics, and Website Hit Counts

January 1st, 2003

No one really knows how many people are connected to the Internet these days but one good estimate is about 300 million. How many of these are trade unionists? Here one would only be guessing, but the number is certainly in the millions and probably tens of millions.
From what I have seen so far, trade union websites are generally not reaching union members online. They often reach astonishingly small numbers of people.

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The Last of the Webmasters?

January 1st, 2003

A very long time ago (in Internet time, that is), websites were designed and maintained by people known as “webmasters”. These were the people who had the skills that organizations needed if they wanted a presence on the world wide web. They learned arcane languages like HTML and created literally millions of web pages.

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About Eric Lee

January 1st, 2003

Click here to read the updated bio.

Labour’s Year in Review 2002

December 1st, 2002

It’s that time of year again — time to receive my annual message from Peter, asking me to do a “global year in review”. This time, I thought it might be interesting to take a look at what I wrote last year.

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Beyond the website: unions need to start thinking about software

December 31st, 2001

In the beginning, trade unions created websites.

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The TUC’s new website

December 31st, 2001

The TUC has launched a new website and, to come right to the point, it’s a huge improvement over the previous one. And it’s about time.

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