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

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.
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.

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