At its last meeting the MSAV Council determined that the MSAV will become a partner/affiliate of Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA bringing a closer relationship between the two organisations. MSAV Council hopes that we will be able to make a stronger contribution to the great work APHEDA does.
Building the ability for people in other countries to organise and form unions is important to us. By making sure we can empower people to organise and unionise through training and education, we can make sure they’re improving their working conditions and their wages.
That’s why Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA (APHEDA stands for Australian People for Health, Education and Development Abroad) was established in 1984. Self-reliance, not charity is what lies behind Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA’s international program; developed from a rights based approach.
Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA has over 40 training projects, working through 30 separate project partners in 15 countries, assist many different communities in Southeast Asia, the Pacific, the Middle East, Southern Africa and the Caribbean. Support for these projects comes from many individual union members throughout Australia, the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU), unions like ours and workplaces, as well as from the Australian government aid agency, DFAT.
The Union is proud to support Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA and we strongly encourage members to support them too. Find out more about the work of Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA by visiting: http://apheda.org.au/