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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.

3 months after the coup, the Myanmar junta has shown no sign of ending the violence against the Myanmar people. Trade unions are on the frontline.
Since the military coup in Myanmar on 1 February 2021, pro-democracy forces have come together and a National Unity Government has been announced.
In April 2021, a public inquiry was held to examine recent developments in Myanmar and to hear from concerned sectors of Australian society, including APHEDA.
Through the Stars of Hope Society, APHEDA is supporting the creation of new opportunities for women with disabilities in the West Bank.
In May 2021, women candidates from Bac Kan, Phu Yen and Hai Duong provinces will run for election to the National Assembly and local legislative bodies at the provincial, district and commune levels.
Local Initiative for Occupational Safety and Health Network (LION) Indonesia is keeping up the fight to ban asbestos while responding to COVID-19.
COVID-19 has hit South Africa hard. Despite the challenges, Workers’ World Media Productions (WWMP) has continued to organise and produce media content for workers.
APHEDA has joined with unions, human rights networks, and Myanmar diaspora groups globally in response to the Myanmar military coup.
We are deeply saddened to announce the sudden and tragic death of our much loved staff member Mr Nguyễn Xuan Lâm (APHEDA Vietnam Office).

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