Trade unions all over the world are invited to nominate candidates for the prestigious Arthur Svensson international prize for trade union rights, sponsored by the Norwegian union Industri Energi.
The deadline for submitting nominations for next year's prize is coming up soon: 1 January 2020. The prize amount is NOK 500,000 (approx. EUR 50,000 / USD 55,500). NOK 250,000 goes directly to the prize winner and an equal amount will be spent on projects related to the prize winner.
Since 2010 the Svensson prize has been awarded to people and organisations that have worked to promote trade union rights and organising around the world. Amongst the previous winners are leaders and activists of the teachers' union in Bahrain, the miners' union in Mexico, textile workers in Cambodia, and many more. Last year the Philippine teachers' union organiser, France Castro, was awarded the prize. A couple of years ago, LabourStart won it.
To learn more about the award, click here: https://www.svenssonstiftelsen.com/aboutTo see previous winners, click here: https://www.svenssonstiftelsen.com/laureatesAnd to nominate a candidate, click here: https://www.svenssonstiftelsen.com/nominate
Activists Toolbox #3: Simplenote
Every month we're going to tell you about software or a service that we use here at LabourStart and that we think is useful for trade unionists like yourself.
How do you keep your short notes online? Many people use the very popular Evernote app.
The problem with Evernote is that it's not free -- except for a very basic plan that offers few features. Otherwise, its cheapest plan is £4.99 a month. And Evernote doesn't work natively on some platforms such as Linux.
A good solution we've found is the free Simplenote app. It works on iOS, Android, Mac, Windows, Linux, and the web. The notes you have on your phone, tablet, laptop and desktop computer are all synchronised.
You can even use it to publish notes to the web, sharing them (without having your own website). Here's an example: https://app.simplenote.com/p/q1kMPk
And did we mention that it's free of charge?
Check it out here: https://simplenote.com
A good open source alternative is Joplin: https://joplinapp.org