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Free the refugees! Let them land, let them stay!

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How can unions fight for refugee rights?

October 2, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Event organised by Unionists for Refugees

Date: October 2
Time: 6:30-8pm
Location: 535 Elizabeth St, Melbourne CBD


Michele O’Neil, President of the ACTU
Michael Clifford, secretary of the Queensland Council of Unions, heavily involved in the union fight to save Baby Asha (by video link)
Matt Kunkel, Director of the Migrant Workers Centre
Ghanieh Daghagheleh, who came to Australia by boat in 2013 and is with the ANMF
Lucy Honan from Teachers from Refugees (chair)

The Liberal government that’s bringing in more anti-union laws, cutting penalty rates and creating a wages crisis is the same government that’s locked up refugees on Manus island and Nauru for six years.

The government that won’t increase Newstart, refuses to act on the climate emergency, and is proud of being Trump’s mate has stood by as 12 refugees have died and many dozens more have self-harmed.

As unionists, we say “touch one, touch all”. And that means giving solidarity to our brothers and sisters trapped in Morrison and Dutton’s cruel system and taking a stand against the racism they use to divide our communities and workplaces.

Unions have a proud history of standing up for justice. We took a stand against Apartheid in South Africa, we supported the East Timorese people’s fight for freedom. And we need to take a stand again for refugee rights. Join us for an important discussion on how unions can fight for refugee rights: close the detention centres, bring them here and let them stay!


October 2, 2019
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


535 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne CBD