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.

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


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

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Media Statement - Dominos workers to vote on improved enterprise agreement

Media statement | 12 January 2018


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Better Penalty Rates For Casuals?

The SDA is running a case in the Fair Work Commission to increase penalty rates for casual workers under the General Retail Industry Award.

No One Deserves A Serve

More than 85% of retail and fast food workers are abused by customers at work. 

Branch Conference

The Victorian Branch Conference is made up of 35 Delegates elected from the Metropolitan and regional areas, together with five elected Officers.

We Must Stop Sexual Harassment

What is Sexual Harassment?

Sexual harassment is any physical or verbal conduct or visual display, which is:

South-West Victoria Roadshow

Our Warrnambool-Portland-Hamilton Roadshow was a huge success with many new members joining the SDA from various stores, age groups and political b

SDA Is The Union For Retail & Fast Food Workers

The SDA is the only union for workers in the retail and fast food industry.  It is registered under the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act an

What Happens If Disaster Strikes At Work

Sadly, we’re seeing an increasing number of tragic events occurring at our workplaces, such as what took place in Bourke Street earlier this year, and the fatal stabbing at Doncaster’s Westfield Shopping Plaza.

These incidents affected us all, given the number of lives lost and the fact that they took place at places we know well. For many people, it occurred at or near their work.