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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 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.

Karen Women Organisation KWO
With a membership base of over 60,000, the Karen Women Organisation (KWO) is building strength and power among the Karen women of Myanmar and the Thai-Myanmar border.
Mandalay golf caddy strike_Golf Caddy Refugee Camp
Unemployed golf caddies and their families – many of whom are now living in refugee-like conditions – are protesting their sacking by Shwe Man Taung Golf Club in Mandalay, Myanmar.
Myanmar Migrant Workers Flee Thailand Following The Recent Decree_Asian Daily Age
Union Aid Abroad APHEDA’s Myanmar Labour Reporter, Htet Htet, reports on the impact of Thailand's new decree and how it affects migrant workers from Myanmar.
Zin Mar Oo's notebook
25-year-old domestic worker, Zin Mar Oo, took her own life by jumping from a high-rise apartment in Singapore on the evening of June 12.
Hana interviewing people supported through Union Aid Abroad APHEDA projects
It’s been over ten years since the Gaza siege. This month we look at the devastating and ongoing impact its had on the people, the economy and the region.
FairGoFairfax - Blacktown from Karen News on the Thai-Burma border stands with Fairfax Journalists
Union Aid Abroad APHEDA partner organisation Karen News stands with journalists working at Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and Australian Financial Review.
Hanoi Mardi Gras Festival
In March 2017, Mardi Gras was celebrated in Hanoi for the very first time. The final night was a colourful display of costumes and dazzling performances by both Vietnamese and Australian artists. Union Aid Abroad APHEDA’s Hanoi-based staff – Sharan,
Asbestos workshop 28-29 March 2017 Vientiane
Until relatively recently, asbestos was an unknown and difficult to publicly discuss issue in Laos. It is now getting high level attention.

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