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 2023 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.

The people of Laos are currently struggling with a severe economic crisis. Unemployment is high, and many jobs are insecure and pay low wages.
Union Aid Abroad - APHEDA has formed a strategic partnership with MA'AN Development Center to support two newly established women's cooperatives.
In the Philippines, SENTRO, a national trade union centre, are collaborating with workers in the garment sector, fishing sector and informal workers to increase their understanding of the climate crisis and how it impacts on their work.
The Cambodian Prostitute's Union was set up by sex workers to help promote and protect their rights as workers, provide information about preventing HIV/AIDS, and help their members access social, health and legal services.
In the past month, the Myanmar junta has killed more than 210 people in aerial attacks and the number of internally displaced persons has now jumped to 1.8 million.
Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA works with Mae Tao Clinic to improve the quality and safety of their healthcare services through good occupational health and safety practices.
This month Myanmar Campaign Network joins international campaigners to call for sanctions on Myanma Oil and Gas Enterprise (MOGE) to prevent blood money flowing to the junta.
Union Aid Abroad – APHEDA is supporting KWO’s Capacity Building work to equip Karen Women leaders with knowledge and skills to serve as community leaders and development managers
Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA’s national team has been working with a group of volunteer union educators to create a new training module on global justice and international solidarity.

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