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Do You Really Want Banks Running Your Super Fund?

The Abbott Government has proposed changes to the governance structure of superannuation funds that will undermine Australia’s high-performing Indu

Your Entitlements - Hair & Beauty Workers

In June of this year, the Fair Work Commission granted a 2.5% wage increase for employees throughout Australia working under Modern Awards.

Sexual Harassment Must Be Stopped

What is Sexual Harassment?

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

What’s Happening Overseas


October Is Pink Ribbon Month

Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in Australian women (excluding non-melanoma skin cancer), and although survival rates are impro

Spoiling The Party

Unfortunately, as we approach Christmas there are two serious challenges our members face:

  • There is an attack on penalty rates of workers in the retail, fast food and hospitality industries. New Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has joined in this attack on penalty rates.
  • There are proposals being floated to extend the goods and services tax to food, health and education and increase it across the board from 10% to 15%.

Both of these proposals would be disastrous for our members. They would hit the wages of low-income workers much harder than high-income workers.

The SDA is opposed to both of these proposals which attack the living standards of our members.

Four Public Holidays; Not The Usual Three

This year, there are four public holidays at Christmas/New Year instead of the usual three.

  • Christmas Day is Friday 25 December and it is a public holiday.
  • Boxing Day is Saturday 26 December and it is a public holiday.
  • Monday 28 December is an additional public holiday.
  • New Year’s Day is Friday 1 January 2016 and it is a public holiday.

Penalty Rates Under Attack

Penalty rates have been paid to workers as compensation for working unsociable hours for decades. But now they are under threat from the Federal Government.

Business lobby groups have been pushing for a cut to penalty rates for years.

Working Hard For Members

Arising from a National Executive decision in February 2015, there will be an increase in Union fees under our three-level structure.

SDA Young Workmate Of The Year Award

The Victorian SDA Young Workmate of the Year winner was recently announced.

The Young Workmate of the Year Award celebrates hard-working, dedicated, reliable younger workers in the workplace. It is open to all young workers 25 years of age and under who work in a range of industries covered by the SDA, including retail, fast-food and warehousing.