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.

On May Day 2020, Unions Across Global South Call for Greater Worker Protections
On May Day 2020, Union Aid Abroad APHEDA partner organisations in the Philippines, Myanmar and Timor Leste called for strengthening of workers' rights in a post-Covid 19 world.
Palestinian Women Seize Opportunities to Work in the West Bank
In the West Bank, Union Aid Abroad – APHEDA is working with a local business to help women overcome the challenges of discrimination and restrictive social norms that prevent their participation in the economic life of their community.
Supporting Advocacy for Publically-Owned Renewable Energy in Nepal
Union Aid Abroad – APHEDA is working with the Centre for Labour and Social Studies (CLASS Nepal) to research how communities on the front-lines of climate change in Nepal can benefit from the public ownership, production, and distribution of renewable
Informal Workers in Timor Leste Take Action to Stop the Spread of Coronavirus
In Timor Leste, informal workers and their communities are taking action to build their resilience and preparedness in the face of the global Coronavirus pandemic.
Building union power in the changing electricity sector in Vietnam
Union Aid Abroad – APHEDA is working with the Vietnam General Congress of Labour (VGCL) to prepare pro-worker responses to the rapidly changing electricity sector in Vietnam, where there are growing challenges to worker rights, environmental sustainability, and community health.
Harnessing the Power of Workers to Organise for Climate Solutions in the Philippines
In the Philippines, Union Aid Abroad - APHEDA is working with unions to build the collective power of unions to shape the solutions to the climate crisis.
Women Workers Training to Defend their Rights in Timor Leste
The Working Women’s Centre Timor Leste is building the collective power of women in Timor Leste through a new community outreach program that shares knowledge of workplace rights with vulnerable women workers.
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.

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