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.

Burmese migrant workers won a huge victory after fighting for lost wages. They were being paid less than a dollar an hour, making clothes and toys for Starbucks, Disney and NBC.
The Karen Women’s Organisation provided aid to internally displaced peoples suffering from escalating violence.
Australian unionists and Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA held a rally at the Cambodian embassy in Canberra on February 7 to show solidarity with striking workers in Cambodia.
A new report produced by Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA and ALTSEAN Burma has described how the military junta has “shattered” Myanmar’s economy.
Delfia Pereira has been elected president of the Manufahi Municipality Farmers Union at its inaugural congress in Timor Leste.
Twelve months following the military coup in Myanmar, the economy is in freefall with almost half of its population now in poverty according to the UNDP
Farmers in Gaza lost a season of crops because bombing meant they couldn't maintain or harvest their produce.
Anti-asbestos action groups in Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos and Vietnam have has success advocating for policy reform and support activities leading toward national bans on asbestos.
In Timor Leste, farmers are establishing organisations and cooperatives to encourage the sustainable development of rural communities.

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