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

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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.

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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’

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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

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Unions Rally to Change the Rules

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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

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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.

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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

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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


Bargaining Resumes

Bargaining Resumes

During 2016 and 2017, enterprise bargaining was delayed while employers awaited the penalty rates decision, which has now been handed down.

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Flexible Hours for Parents and Carers

The SDA is supporting the Australian Council of Trade Union’s (ACTU) test case in the Fair Work Commission for workers to have the right to reduce

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Campaign Against Domestic Violence

The SDA recognises the devastating impact domestic and family violence is having on our community.


Penalty Rates - It's Not Over!

As you would be aware, in February 2017, the Fair Work Commission (FWC) ruled to cut Sunday and public holiday penalty rates for workers covered by the Retail, Fast Food, Hospitality and Pharmacy Awards.

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Stamping Out Child Labour

A global conference, attended by governments, employees and workers from 193 countries, took place in Buenos Aires, Argentina from 14-16 November 2