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.

Students across South East Asia join the global climate strike
On 15 March 2019, over 1.6 million students across the globe went on strike to demand climate justice, including APHEDA’s partner organisations in Thailand, the Philippines and Indonesia.
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Food and Service Workers Organising for Human Rights in Cambodia
The Cambodian Food and Service Workers’ Federation (CFSWF) organises workers to unionise and empowers them to improve working conditions, wages and OHS.
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Stronger representation and advocacy for women’s rights in Vietnam
Women's Unions in Vietnam are gearing up for the 2021 election, aiming for stronger representation while promoting gender equality in political decision making.
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WWCTL continues to fight for Working Women’s Rights in Timor Leste
In 2018, the Working Women’s Centre of Timor Leste (WWCTL) launched the country’s first Working Women’s Telephone Hotline.
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Unions in Myanmar Suspend Participation in the Tripartite Mechanism
Myanmar news: Unions in Myanmar have suspended their participation in tripartite dialogue with government and employer's representatives over labour laws.
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Timor Leste Office hosts visit from Australian MP and Ambassador
In October 2018, Union Aid Abroad – APHEDA Timor Leste welcomed Sharon Claydon MP and Australian Ambassador Peter Roberts to meet our partner organisations.
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Moving to more equality for people with disabilities in Vietnam
The number of people living with a disability in Vietnam is staggering. Union Aid Abroad has been working with people with disabilities to attain greater equality in the workplace.
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Workers in Mandalay Decry Unfair Dismissal of Union Leaders
Myanmar news: Around 300 workers from 20 factories in the Mandalay Industrial Zone protested on 9 December 2018 decrying unfair dismissal of union leaders.
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Tharabar Gate Hotel Workers on Strike in Myanmar!
Myanmar news: Workers in from the Tharabar Gate Hotel have been on strike since 12 October 2018 after their employer terminated 12 workers in August.

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