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

Strengthening and Supporting Rural Farmers Organisations in Timor Leste
APHEDA's partner in Timor Leste is organising farmers to defend their rights to access land and to undertake sustainable farming practices.
Five things (+1) to know about the Karen struggle
The Karen struggle has been ongoing for 70 years. Today, the situation remains challenging for both the Karen people and the environment.
Unions across Asia-Pacific demand a just transition for workers on the front-line of global warming
Unionists from the Asia-Pacific recently gathered in Bangkok to share experiences and solutions for climate-proofing industries and workers.
400 x 250 Hapilan IOHSAD
Celebrating Ten Years Working on the Hapilan Childcare Project
APHEDA reflects on the impact of the Hapilan Childcare Project and its journey to safeguard children and support families living in a large urban poor community in the Philippines.
APHEDA’s Partner Organisations Celebrate May Day
May Day 2019: APHEDA’s partner organisations took part in colourful May Day celebrations against a backdrop of banners, flags, drums, singing and chanting.
Strengthening unions in Myanmar’s garment sector
Action Labor Rights (ALR) has successfully been working towards strengthening unions and organising workers in Myanmar's garment and textile industries.
MAP Radio – A lifeline for migrant workers in Thailand
MAP Radio is a voice for Burmese migrant workers in Thailand providing information on labour rights in their mother tongue via community radio stations.
Improving the Dispute Settlement Mechanism in Myanmar
Through the Labour Consultative Forum, the Myanmar Industry Craft Services –Trade Unions Federation aims to improve the Dispute Settlement Mechanism in Myanmar.
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Workers in Timor Leste come together for Dili’s biggest May Day ever
May Day 2019 in Dili was the biggest, loudest and best May Day ever with the largest number of workers in decades taking to the streets.

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