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:

MEDIA RELEASE: Pacific unions concerned at lack of worker representation at Pacific Labour meeting
South Pacific Council of Trade Unions (SPOCTU) concerned that the inaugural Pacific labour meeting will not include union representation.
Improving food security at the Front lines of Climate Change
Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA’s Pacific Organiser, Katie Hepworth, gives an overview of APHEDA’s involvement in a project to help support communities in the Solomon Islands adapt to climate change.
How a small school bus helps children in Gaza access education
Union Aid Abroad–APHEDA’s Quality Impact and Monitoring Officer, Jeremy Smith, is based in Ramala. This month he shares some of the work APHEDA is involved in helping the Palestinian children in Gaza access education.
Supporting women’s independence, rights and education
This month, Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA looks at projects we support that are focused on women and gender equality. From leadership skills in refugee camps on the Thai-Burma border to domestic violence campaigns in Vietnam and raising awareness of the dangers
Timor Leste Visit
Twenty East-Timorese farm and hospitality workers are sitting in a large room, fans whirring overhead. The instructor in front of them is pushing through a description of what they can expect from 6 months of working in Australia under the

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