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 5th International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) World Congress was held in Melbourne from November 17-22.
With over 350 attendees from across the union movement, the APHEDA dinner in Sydney this year was a great success.
Kate was a staunch trade unionist, educator, internationalist and feminist. She worked as a volunteer with APHEDA in Cambodia.
A project in the first half of this year helped 50 women build up their home-based businesses in Palestine.
Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA and CTUHR are working together to educate and build the power of Filipino workers to understand the impacts of the climate crisis, and support workers to mobilise for collective climate justice campaigns.
In areas surrounding asbestos factories, broken asbestos roof sheets are being dumped in open paddock where farming communities plant rice and grow home gardens.
Farmers in Timor Leste have established a fifth union that is working towards food sovereignty, sustainable development, agrarian reform and a democratic voice for rural communities.
Australia Western Sahara Association is delighted to present a screening of the award-winning film, Life is Waiting: Referendum and Resistance in Western Sahara, followed by a panel discussion.

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