Unions for Refugees is a group of committed unionists working for an Australia that treats refugees and people seeking asylum better.

 

Unions for Refugees is a working group of the Queensland Council of Unions (QCU). Its missions are to work for an Australian policy towards refugees and people seeking safety that obeys international law, keeps Australia in line with its international and humanitarian obligations, and preserves the inherent dignity of all people. It also works to promote unionism amongst refugee, asylum seeker and new Australian communities.

 

It is a group open to all members of unions affiliated to the Queensland Council of Unions (QCU). To find out if your union is an affiliate, please check this page here.

 

The group looks at ways that unions can involve itself in the education around issues for refugees and people seeking asylum.

 

Any member of a union affiliated to the Queensland Council of Unions can join Unions for Refugees and are encouraged to attend.

 

Meetings are held at the TLC Building in South Brisbane on the third Tuesday of each month from 5:30PM. Regional members and those unable to get to South Brisbane can attend meetings via phone.

 

There are several aims of the Unions for Refugees Working Group.

 

The first is to raise the issues of refugees and people seeking asylum and advocate for a change of Australian policy with each union’s own members. This may be by holding events and lectures, appearances at festivals and fates on stalls, partipating in local advocacy networks.

 

We also try to assist those groups that are helping refugees and people seeking asylum who are trying to participate in our community, although locked out with many draconian government policies such as the denial of benefits, schooling and healthcare.

To find out more, please contact the Unions for Refugees Working Group through this form.

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