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 2021 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.

Junior trade union officials attended three days of training on workplace safety and asbestos eradication in Laos.
The Big Ride for Palestine is happening again from August 13 - 28. This year money raised will be donated to the Palestinian Women’s Humanitarian Organization.
APHEDA has been awarded $4900 towards its climate justice projects in Nepal and the Philippines in CoPower’s democratic budget this year.
CoPower members can choose which community projects will receive funding in their democratic budget.
The Working Women’s Centre Timor Leste renewed the campaign for equal legal and social protections for domestic workers in Timor Leste.
Remembering the practical assistance and solidarity Australian unions gave to the people of Timor Leste during their struggle for independence.
Union Aid Abroad – APHEDA has launched a special appeal on behalf of farmers in Timor Leste who are creating unions for the first time.
Delegates from Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Indonesia were warmly welcomed by the asbestos safety and eradication community in Australia this month.
Australia’s new government could mean significant changes in foreign policy on Myanmar.

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