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Peter Conway Memorial Lecture

“It’s do or die”: A new generation fights for democracy 

UnionAID is pleased to announce that Ross Wilson will give the 6th annual Peter Conway Memorial Lecture. Ross’ lecture will cover the complex issues at the heart of the ongoing struggle for democracy in Myanmar and will provide an up to date analysis and assessment of the future.

Ross Wilson

Ross Wilson, a former NZCTU president, developed the ILO Freedom of Association Programme in Myanmar in 2012-13 which laid the foundation for union growth. 

Ross established UnionAID and the Myanmar Young Leaders Programme from 2009 and maintains strong links with the Myanmar union movement and activists involved in the democracy movement. Ross worked closely with Peter both at the NZCTU and as a fellow UnionAID Trustee.

The annual memorial lecture is held by UnionAID in honour of Peter Conway; trade union leader, economist, internationalist and founding trustee of UnionAID who sadly died in 2015.  Peter dedicated his life to advocating for working people in New Zealand and developing countries, particularly in the Pacific. These annual lectures keep that mission alive with guest speakers delivering new ideas for development and international unionism.


To register for the lecture please click the button below.

Date: Wednesday 30 June, 6:00 – 7:30pm

Location: Rutherford House LT1, Victoria University, Bunny St, Thorndon, Wellington

Video: To register for a Zoom link select ‘one seat’ then select the Zoom option on the next page. 

Entry: The lecture is free to attend, however, if you can make a donation to UnionAID’s Myanmar democracy appeal that is greatly appreciated

Drinks: Stay after the lecture for some complementary (non-alcoholic) drinks

We look forward to you joining us for the the 6th annual Peter Conway Memorial Lecture. Any question please email michael@unionaid.org.nz or call 04 382 2747