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.

COVID-19 is a health and economic crisis of unprecedented scale, but we know that by standing together in solidarity, we can protect both lives and jobs.
After years of waiting, Samoan workers have finally received an increase in the national minimum wage. Now, Samoan workers are grappling with the fallout from COVID-19.
On International Domestic Workers’ Day, the Working Women’s Centre of Timor Leste launched a media campaign to promote the rights of domestic workers.
Mohammed is a farmer and father of two from Qabatiya, in the West Bank. As a participant in Union Aid Abroad – APHEDA’s project to strengthen the resilience of Palestinian farming communities, Mohammed is a building a secure livelihood for
seaonal worker program
Australia’s Pacific Labour Scheme must be more closely scrutinised. Because of a lack of regulation, the Pacific Labour Scheme allows exploitative treatment of migrant workers that meets the definition of modern slavery.
Union Aid Abroad – APHEDA has received a COVID-19 crisis update from Indonesia, where our partner organisations are mobilising to build the resilience of workers at risk of contracting the Coronavirus.
KPSN report Virus Warfare
World Refugee Day 2020: A new report by Karen PeaceSupport Network (KPSN) draws attention to how the Burma Army has intentionally disrupted efforts to protect Karen refugees and communities against COVID19.
Union Aid Abroad – APHEDA is working with our partner organisation in the Philippines, the Positive Action Foundation of the Philippines Incorporated (PAFPI), to support people living with HIV/AIDS during the Coronavirus pandemic.
bourj el barajneh camp
Union Aid Abroad – APHEDA has received a COVID-19 crisis update from Dr. Olfat Mahmoud in Lebanon. The organization Olfat founded, the Palestinian Women’s Humanitarian Organization (PWHO), is taking action to protect refugee communities at risk from the Coronavirus.

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