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.

In June 2021, a petition supporting a WTO Vaccine Waiver was handed over outside the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Sydney.
Nearly two months after the devastating Easter Sunday floods, Timor Leste is rebuilding while trying to control the spread of COVID-19.
On 21 May 2021, APHEDA joined young people across Australia to demand real and immediate action to avoid catastrophic global heating.
As people in Myanmar continue to deal with the fallout of the military coup, the situation on the Thai-Myanmar border continues to deteriorate.
APHEDA has been working with trade unions in Myanmar to improve their organising strategy and worker’s rights. Now the military coup threatens to undo all past successes.
Samoa has been greatly impacted by the global pandemic. Many workers have been laid off and financial distress is growing. However, Samoa First Union is there to give them hope.
3 months after the coup, the Myanmar junta has shown no sign of ending the violence against the Myanmar people. Trade unions are on the frontline.
Since the military coup in Myanmar on 1 February 2021, pro-democracy forces have come together and a National Unity Government has been announced.
In April 2021, a public inquiry was held to examine recent developments in Myanmar and to hear from concerned sectors of Australian society, including APHEDA.

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