Each International Women’s Day we reflect on our struggles and celebrate our achievements. We also come together, in solidarity, to commit to our ongoing work.

We know Asbestos kills. But all around the world people are still exposed.

Unions NSW and Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA invite union women* to come together to take action in solidarity with women workers and communities in South East Asia in support of their work to eradicate Asbestos from their workplaces, communities and countries.

International Women’s Day, Tuesday March 8 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Transport Workers Union NSW, Quinn House, 31 Cowper Street Parramatta
Lunch will be provided.
RSVP kminter@unionsnsw.org.au

Exposure to asbestos continues to impact on workers, families and communities in South-East Asia. Women are deeply affected and are needed at the forefront of the struggle to tackle this injustice.

As Australian union members we’ve fought hard for Asbestos to be banned, victims supported and corporations held to account. Our union sisters and brothers in South East Asia are now in the midst of this same fight.

The World Health Organisation says the most efficient way to eliminate asbestos-related diseases is to stop the use of all types of asbestos.

Our joint fight against the removal, use and production of asbestos is ongoing, and our friends in South East Asia need us to share our experience, expertise, resources and to join with them in their Asbestos ban strategies and campaigns. Whenever Asbestos is used it is a risk to all.

Unions NSW and Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA invite Union women to hear from and about key women activists from across South East Asia who are organising around Asbestos bans.

In Cambodia the use of Asbestos cladding in developments sees construction workers, many of whom are women, exposed daily, as they sweep up building materials on construction sites. In Lao, Asbestos is used in making cheap roofing tiles and thousands of people live surrounded by asbestos without understanding the risks. In Indonesia, there are 26 large factories producing goods with Asbestos – women work making fire retardant materials and are exposed. In Vietnam – despite a concerted campaign by the asbestos industry - Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA has successfully supported unionists and community members to make asbestos a national issue, with a ban commending by 2020. 

We invite you to come along and  hear about  this global struggle and to join and get active in APHEDA’s work to support Asbestos bans internationally: Asbestos. Not here. Not anywhere.

Please contact Emily Mayo emayo@apheda.org.au or Kate Minter kminter@unionnsw.org.au for more information.



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