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.

Free and Safe Parking Campaign Update

Free and Safe Parking Campaign Update

We began our campaign for free and safe parking for retail and fast food workers in the second half of last year.


REST Superannuation Update


Chapel Street

Chapel Street Roadshow

The SDA Roadshow visited the Chapel Street area from 10-15 April, with a stall at 670 Chapel Shopping Centre on the Friday.

SDA Media Release

Unfair penalty rate cuts hit retail and fast food workers hard

This round of penalty rates cuts, beginning from July 1 for 700,000 Australians including hundreds of thousands of workers in retail and fast food were deeply unfair, did not create jobs, did not stimulate the economy and once again demonstrated why Australia needs to change the rules relating to work.

Rana Plaza

Remembering the Rana Plaza collapse

The SDA recently commemorated the fifth anniversary of the Rana Plaza collapse by distributing information and having conversations with people at Bourke Street Mall.

SDA Media Release

Don’t bag retail staff, as Woolworths plastic bags go

The union representing retail workers welcomes Woolworths’ decision to phase out single use plastic bags as of today, but reminds shoppers to remai

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SDA Wins Domestic Violence Leave at Coles

We have made a breakthrough in the recently-approved Coles Supermarkets Agreement, winning two days of paid domestic violence leave.

SDA Media Release

SDA slams ‘deficient’ franchising code before Senate Inquiry

The SDA, the Union for workers in retail and fast food, appeared with employment lawyers Maurice Blackburn to give evidence before a Federal Senate

Don't Bag Retail Staff

Don't Bag Retail Staff

With the banning of single use plastic bags across Australia in the coming weeks the SDA, the union for retail workers, will launch a special ‘Don’

Michael Donovan

Action Stations!

Most enterprise bargaining has been on hold for two years as employers awaited the penalty rates decision.

Delegates Seminar

Industrial Relations Update Seminar

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Minimum wage increase step in the right direction for low paid workers

The SDA, the union for workers in retail and fast food welcomed today’s national minimum wage decision, announced by the Fair Work Commission as a

Change the Rules

Unions Rally to Change the Rules

Bangladeshi Workers

Major Win for Bangladeshi Workers

In a landmark agreement, Bangladeshi textile workers have been awarded $2.3 million as a settlement for risks they were exposed to in their workpla

Free, safe car parking

We still need free, safe car parking

Over the past six months, we have been campaigning against the introduction of paid car parking at both Southland Shopping Centre and The Glen.

Change the Rules

ACTU blueprint to give Australia a pay rise

The peak body for working people has today released a six-point plan to ensure pay rises for all working people.  This plan would ensure an immedia

SDA Victoria

Continuing to Fight for 7-Eleven Employees

The SDA has been supporting current and former 7-Eleven employees by helping them to recover their legal entitlements, which have been subject to a

No One Deserves a Serve

Abuse shouldn't be in a day's work

A major national campaign was launched by the SDA before Christmas, calling on customers to respect retail and fast food workers by checking their

Annual Wage Review

Time to Lift Retail and Fast Food Wages

In 2018, the SDA will be pushing for a significant increase to wages following the Federal Government’s unjust decision to greenlight penalty rate

Change the Rules

ACTU Change the Rules Campaign