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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 2021 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.

Ban asbestos campaigners from Indonesia have been invited to speak at the 2022 Asbestos Safety and Management Conference, 18-20 May in the Blue Mountains, NSW organised by the Australian government’s Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency.
Union Aid Abroad - APHEDA was awarded a high honour, the Lao Federation of Trade Unions Medal.
APHEDA's partner organisation the Trade Union Care Centre in Indonesia ran trainings for trade union activists on COVID-19 prevention.
APHEDA's lead organiser travels to workplaces talking about internationalism and the Australian union movement.
Independent unions in Cambodia have presented a report to the International Labour Organization about the lack of democratic space inside the country.
APHEDA's partner organisation the Mae Tao Clinic has been managing the critical risks that the COVID pandemic poses to staff and patients in Thailand.
A project to increase women’s participation in political life has been renewed in Vietnam.
Workers’ World Media Productions broadcasts weekly on 30 community radio stations in five languages, enabling popular education around working class issues.
Heath care giant Johnson & Johnson is facing multiple crises after it was found the company’s talcum powder was sometimes tainted with carcinogenic asbestos.

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