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

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McDonald's enterprise agreement withdrawal disappointing

Statement from Gerard Dwyer, National Secretary of the SDA – the union for retail, fast food and warehouse workers: 

Public holiday victory!

After campaigning by the SDA for over 20 years we have successfully won Easter Sunday as a legislated public holiday and Christmas Day as a legisla

REST

Rest keeping calm in a world of volatility

Rest’s Core Strategy ended the first quarter of the year on a strong note, with gains of +5.3% and +5.1% for the respective three and twelve months

Australian-first trial to curb abusive customers

An ‘Australian-first’ trial by iCare in NSW in partnership with the SDA and Griffith Universtiy has been launched to reduce abuse from customers to

The Good News and the Bad News

The Good News and the Bad News

The Fair Work Commission (the Commission) has awarded a 3% wage increase for all wage rates in awards.

SDA Media Release

Wage increase welcome, but more needs to be done

The SDA, the union for workers in retail, fast food and warehousing welcomes the Fair Work Commission’s decision to increase the minimum wage and m

REST

REST Core continues to perform well

The December quarter was a difficult one for investments with both the Australian and overseas share markets experiencing some setbacks.

Federal Election 2019

To Change the Rules, we need to Change the Government

Our current system of rules at work do not provide a fair go all round.

The rules are unfair, because under the current rules:

Big W Announces Store Closures

Big W Announces Store Closures

Big W announced today that it would look at closing up to 30 Big W stores over the next 3 years.

Successful Campaign to Save Hakeem

Successful Campaign to Save Hakeem

The efforts to save Hakeem Al-Araibi received a lot of media attention over summer.

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Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

The Australian Human Rights Commission’s (AHRC) national survey on the prevalence of sexual harassment is the first since 2012, and has exposed a s

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.