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.

Change the Rules

ACTU Change the Rules Campaign

Australians need a pay rise: ACTU’s wages package

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.

Reporting Customer Abuse

Last year, we asked for input on our members’ experiences of customer abuse and violence. The feedback has made it clear that this is a huge issue for our members. Often it is related to drug abuse in our society.

The SDA believes that customer abuse and violence must be treated as an occupational health and safety issue in the retail and fast food industries.

Hair & Beauty Workers

In June of this year, the Fair Work Commission granted a 3.3% wage increase for employees throughout Australia working under Modern Awards. This article outlines the wages and some key working conditions for hairdressers and workers operating under the Hair and Beauty Industry Award 2010.


Mannequins & Models Award

In June this year, the Fair Work commission granted a 3.3% wage increase for employees throughout Australia working under Modern Awards. This article outlines the wages for mannequins and models working under the Mannequins and Models Award 2010.

Domestic Violence: A Key Step in Responding

Unions, including the SDA, have been calling for paid Family and Domestic Violence Leave to be introduced in Modern Awards through a test case in the Fair Work Commission (FWC).

The SDA has already secured Domestic Violence Leave in several union-negotiated agreements but it’s crucial for this entitlement to extend to all workers.

Another Strong Year in Superannuation

REST Industry Super has delivered another year of strong investment performance to its members.

New Bangladesh Accord Will Protect Workers

Across the globe, brands, manufacturers and employers are becoming more aware of the urgent need to address worker exploitation in global supply ch