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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.

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Dr.Olfat Mahmoud (Palestinian Women's Humanitarian Organisation) shares her reflection on the Beirut explosion with Union Aid Abroad - APHEDA and supporters in Australia.
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In the immediate aftermath of the Beirut explosion, we have an update from our partner organisation - Palestinian Women's Humanitarian Organisation (PWHO).
MICS campaigning workers rights during pandemic
The manufacturing sector in Myanmar has been hit hard by COVID-19. APHEDA’s partner organisations in Myanmar are working hard to adapt their strategies for organising during the crisis.
Thanks to the solidarity of hundreds of unionists around Australia, together we have raised more than $100,000 for COVID-19 resilience projects!
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Entertainment workers in Cambodia are out of work and struggling to survive since the Government closed entertainment venues in March this year. Left out of the governments COVID-19 financial assistance scheme, entertainment workers are mobilising to demand wage relief.
Thanks to your solidarity, our partner union in Laos is bolstering its ability to organise workers to fight against exploitation in Laos.
COVID-19 is a health and economic crisis of unprecedented scale, but we know that by standing together in solidarity, we can protect both lives and jobs.
After years of waiting, Samoan workers have finally received an increase in the national minimum wage. Now, Samoan workers are grappling with the fallout from COVID-19.
On International Domestic Workers’ Day, the Working Women’s Centre of Timor Leste launched a media campaign to promote the rights of domestic workers.

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