Latest News

Recent news items and publications regarding issues important to our members can be viewed below.

Older articles can be accessed through the ‘Archive’ tab, on the right hand side of the page.


Consulting on Important Issues

Consulting on Important Issues

The SDA continues to be active in lobbying the Victorian Government on issues important to SDA members.

ILO calls for guarantee of basic work rights in changing economy

ILO calls for guarantee of basic work rights in changing economy

The peak body for working people welcomes a landmark report from the ILO calling for a reaffirmation of basic workers’ rights as we face systemic c

Accidents Happen

Accidents Happen

Accident insurance is one of the most valuable benefits that the SDA provides to its members.

New Woolworths Agreement Approved

New Woolworths Agreement Approved

Woolworths workers across the country will receive improved pay and conditions after the Fair Work Commission approved their new enterprise agreeme

What a year we've had!

What a year we've had!

2018 has been a big year.

No One Deserves A Serve

This has got to stop. Fast food workers must be treated with respect.

The SDA – the union for workers in retail and fast food is calling on the public to treat fast workers with respect during the busy Christmas period as part of its ongoing ‘No One Deserves A Serve’ campaign, which launches a new advertising blitz this week.

Kmart workers overwhelmingly vote ‘yes’ to new agreement

Kmart workers overwhelmingly vote ‘yes’ to new agreement

A new enterprise bargaining agreement that protects take home pay and locked in hard won SDA conditionshas received an overwhelming 91.7% yes vote from 32,000 Kmart workers.

Major Increase to Casual Penalty Rates

Major Penalty Rate Increase for Casual Workers

The SDA has won a major case in the Fair Work Commission that will see penalty rates for over 350,000 casual retail workers increased on Saturdays and for evening work from November this year.

SDA Makes the Difference

SDA Makes the Difference

Despite recent slow wages growth in Australia, our wages and conditions — fought for over many decades by the Australian union movement — continue to be some of the best in the world.

SDA Roadshows Roll into Werribee and Ballarat

SDA Roadshows Roll into Werribee and Ballarat

The SDA Roadshow visited Werribee from 19-24 June, and Ballarat from 9-15 July.

We had stalls at local shopping centres in both towns.

COME TOGETHER FOR A GOOD CAUSE

Come together for a good cause

The National Breast Cancer Foundation’s (NBCF) premier fundraising event Pink Ribbon Breakfast is back!

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Casual workers finally win right to apply to go permanent

Casual workers will tomorrow win the right to request a move into permanent
employment – a move the union representing retail and fast-food workers says is a
huge step towards addressing Australia’s insecure work epidemic.

ACTU Congress 2018

ACTU Congress 2018

SDA Delegates were up in Brisbane for the three-yearly Congress of the Australian Council of Trade Unions — the top trade union body in Australia.

Safety Demands Action Week

Safety Demands Action Week

Reporting abusive customer behaviour is a key step towards a safer store.

Let's Stop SMIDSY Together!

Let's Stop SMIDSY Together!

Motorcycle riders face a distinct set of challenges, both on and off the road, from mutterings of ‘Sorry Mate, I Didn’t See You’ (SMIDSY), dangerous road surfaces and wire barriers, to inconsistent road rules from State to State.

No One Deserves A Serve Update

Abuse shouldn’t be in a day’s work. It is imperative that all SDA members are able to work in a safe environment.

Social Media at Work

Social Media at Work

As social media increases in popularity, many employers and employees are learning there’s a fine line between work and private lives when it comes to one’s online imprint.

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Caring for a loved one?

In a recent test case in the Fair Work Commission, the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) argued for stronger rights for parents and carers

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Leave to help you save lives.

The SDA strongly supports Australia’s system of voluntary blood donation.

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New family and domestic violence leave from 1 August

For many years, unions including the SDA have been campaigning for family and domestic violence leave to be included in Modern Awards.