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 2023 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.

The Myanmar Campaign Network explains why Australia can take practical steps, following the path paved by the US, UK, EU, to restore democracy in Myanmar.
A thought-provoking forum was held in Sydney on August 24 about the global campaign to stop diseases caused by silica and asbestos.
In early August, the Australia Palestine Advocacy Network and Union Aid Abroad – APHEDA organised a study tour for seven Australian unionists to visit Palestine.
Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA took 12 members to Timor Leste for a week in August to visit its projects and meet with union leaders, women and farmers who are organising for change.
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has announced the date for the referendum on the Voice to Parliament. Here are three reasons why Union Aid Abroad is standing with First Nations people in calling for a YES vote.
The Myanmar Campaign Network is urging the Australian Government to impose a second round of sanctions on state-owned enterprises and banks that fund the junta's atrocities, as well as travel bans on senior military officials to ensure that those responsible
The Cambodian government has released details about how a proposed asbestos ban will come into effect, including details for action, a timeline for a ban and management of related issues.
The Karen Women Organization recently held their congress to review their work, make plans for the future and elect new leaders. Below is a report about the congress by its organisers.
It is with deep sadness that Union Aid Abroad acknowledges the death of Betty Hounslow in Sydney on July 27.

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