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Solidarity in Action:
Our Projects

Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA, as the global justice organisation of the Australian union movement, works to support stronger union and social movements in thirteen locations in Southeast Asia, the Pacific, the Middle East, and Southern Africa. We do that by working in partnership with thirty-nine local unions and community organisations through thirty projects and campaigns.

Our approach to development and movement-building work is centred in values of partnership, solidarity, equality, justice, and accountability.

We provide on-the-ground assistance which aims to address the causes of injustice and inequality, not the symptoms.

We support organised movements of people to make their own change possible, by exerting political pressure for just and sustainable solutions.

We recognise our solidarity with the working classes and marginalised people of the Global South and stand with them, as together we struggle for a better world.

We seek to deploy funds in effective and strategic ways, with accountability to partner organisations, funding bodies and our own members.

Here are some of the projects and campaigns we undertake in collaboration with communities in our region and beyond:

By working to support strong movements of people, we can fight inequality and corporate greed. History shows us we can demand a just world.

Kate Lee

Executive Officer, Union Aid Abroad - APHEDA

To learn more about how we put our solidarity into action, take a look at the 2019 Annual Report, where you can read about our partnerships and projects, the activism and advocacy of our members, and the progress of our campaign to ban asbestos across Asia.

Video interview between two activists - Debbie Stothard and Charm Tong - on the increased militarisation on Thai-Burma border under the cover of COVID-19.
The Karen Women’s Organisation is strengthening the capacity of Karen women in Karen State and in refugee camps along the Thai-Myanmar Border to claim their rights.
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Thank you, Angelo! After 10 years in the role, Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA Chairperson Angelo Gavrielatos has stepped down from our governing committee.
The Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) has been continuing to campaign for worker's rights and democracy despite a worsening crisis - political and economic.
On 19 October 2020, Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA was honoured to feature five fantastic women on its International Sisterhood panel for the Victorian Trade Hall Council’s Anna Stewart Memorial Project workshop.
In September 2020, Working Women’s Centre Timor Leste (WWCTL) collaborated with a regionally based Disability Support Organisation to deliver COVID-19 Prevention Training to 80 community members with disabilities in the district of Maliana.
On 5 October 2020, Indonesia’s legislature passed a controversial law aimed at boosting manufacturing and shoring up foreign investment. Read update by Michelle Ford
COVID-19 is having a devastating impact on informal workers in Cambodia. The Independent Democracy of Informal Economy Association (IDEA) is advocating for recognition of the extreme hardship its members are experiencing.
Union Aid Abroad – APHEDA’s partner organisations in Nepal and the Philippines call on the Asian Development Bank to stop supporting fossil fuels and to fund publicly-owned renewable energy projects.

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