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 13 locations in Southeast Asia, the Pacific, the Middle East, and Southern Africa. We do that by working in partnership with 39 local unions and community organisations through 30 projects and campaigns.

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

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

Leading the Fight for Energy Democracy on Masbate Island, The Philippines
Union Aid Abroad – APHEDA partner union in the Phillipines, SENTRO, is expanding its campaign for energy democracy to Masbate Island, where a pilot model of renewable energy cooperatives is being rolled out.
Sex Workers Campaigning to End Violence at Work
In Cambodia, sex workers are working together to achieve safety at work. The women of the Cambodian Prostitutes’ Union (CPU) are confronting violence at work and discrimination in their communities by building their collective power as a union.
Five Challenges that Refugee Women are Overcoming through Collective Power
By coming together to build grass-roots organisations, refugee women are overcoming challenges to secure their livelihoods, their education, their healthcare, and their independence.
Farming for Palestinian Resilience
In Palestine, small-hold farmers are overcoming barriers to selling their produce on the market. Farming communities in Gaza and the West Bank are improving land-care techniques to boost their yields.
Fighting Back Against Exploitation in Laos
In Laos our partner union, the Lao Federation of Trade Unions (LFTU), is building the power of vulnerable private-sector workers to fight against exploitation.
Training Tomorrow’s Activists in Shan State, Myanmar
In the Shan State of Myanmar, the next generation of activists are training to fight for social justice and human rights in the School for Shan State Nationalities Youth.
Samoan Workers on Verge of Winning National Raise!
The Samoa First Union is calling for a major pay rise to fight poverty in Samoa, where the minimum wage can buy you bread, but no butter.
On the Thai-Myanmar border, women are training to become leaders to end oppression
On the Thai-Myanmar border, women are building their collective power to build peace in their country and well-being in their communities in the face of growing militarisation and a precarious peace.
“Workers not slaves!” – Domestic Workers of Timor Take Demands to Streets
This year the Working Women’s Centre took to the streets with hundreds of Timorese Domestic Workers to celebrate International Domestic Workers Day and restate their demands to the Timorese government for dignity and rights at work.

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