National Activist Conference 2018

National Activist Conference 2018

Registrations are now closed.

Friday and Saturday, 16th-17th February, 2018
Maurice Blackburn, Level 32, 201 Elizabeth Street, Sydney

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Come and be part of Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA’s inaugural National Activist Conference in 2018.

This is the next step in our goal to support international movement-building and strategise how to build international solidarity in Australia.

Held over two days, the conference will bring together Union Aid Abroad activists from around the country to hear from international campaigners, workshop with legendary organisers, and plan for what we need to do to win.

Here’s a flavour of what you will get up to in this two-day practical conference. You will:

  • Learn about campaigning across national borders to win against the interests of the Russian asbestos lobby
  • Examine the politics of Aid
  • Identify opportunities for activists to extend skills and knowledge about organising in Australia for global justice
  • Discuss the Asia-Pacific region and understanding the importance of global change, particularly the tactics employers use to worsen wages and conditions by dividing workers
  • Work with experienced APHEDA activists and share their wisdom on how to build membership
  • Work to make our international solidarity stronger

Registration is free, so make sure to get in quick to confirm your spot!

Any queries please contact Jarred Sferruzzi on 0434 869 088 or email: jsferruzzi[at]

What you can expect in the two days

08:30 – Registration and Coffee
09:00 – Acknowledgement of Country – Zach Wone, Founding member of First Nations Workers’ Alliance and MUA delegate
09:15 – Official opening – Angelo Gavrielatos, Chairperson
09:30 – Overview of Programme. Introductions
10:15 – Addressing global challenges – Kate Lee, Executive Officer
11:00 – Morning Tea
11:30 – Campaigning to Scale. Asbestos. Not Here. Not Anywhere. Campaign to date and what are the next steps? – Philip Hazelton Asbestos Campaign Coordinator and Kate Lee, Executive Officer
13:00 – Lunch provided
13:45 – Report back from workshops
14:00 – Organising to Build Local Capacity. Two outstanding Union Aid Abroad activists present the approaches that they use and explain their success. – Serena O’Meley and Holly Patterson
14:30 – Workshops, Growth organising – what works and why?
15:15 – Report back from workshops
16:00 – Helen McCue, co-founder of APHEDA In her own words, the story of the beginning
17:00 – Close
19:00 – Dinner – Rowda Ya-Habibi restaurant. 101 King St, Newtown

08:30 – Registration and Coffee
09:00 – Reflections of Learnings and discussions
09:30 – Neo Liberalism and Aid – an international and domestic snapshot – Matt Hilton, Aid/Watch
10:00 – Emerging areas of focus : Climate Justice, Trade Union Rights and Labour Migration
10:30 – Discussion Groups – Communicating the message
11:00 – Morning Tea
11:30 – Activist Resources – Workshop to clarify what APHEDA Activists need to assist them to be effective organisers in the local community or in workplaces.
12:45 – Report back from workshops
13:00 – Lunch provided
13:45 – Who must we be to Win? – Kate Lee, Executive Officer
14:15 – Workshop – Who, what and how are we required to be and develop so that we can be an organisation committed to winning on global justice?
15:15 – Report back from workshops
15:30 – Afternoon tea
16:00 – Conference Wrap Up – Jarred Sferruzzi
16:25 – Closing Remarks and Acknowledgements – Kate Lee
16:30 – Close

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