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Federal Government's IR Agenda Revealed

At the time that the Abbott Liberal Government was elected in 2013, it promised not to bring back WorkChoices.

The Ups & Downs of 2014

The year 2014 started on a high note. The SDA made a historic breakthrough in winning the adult rate of pay for 20-year-old workers in the retail industry. Unfortunately, after that victory a number of very negative events occurred in 2014.

SDA Takes Domestic & Family Violence Seriously

Domestic/family violence is an abuse of power by a partner, ex-partner or family member which can take many forms including intimidation, control, isolation and emotional, physical, sexual or financial abuse. Domestic/family violence not only impacts the home, it impacts all aspects of our community, including workplaces.

You Have A Right To Privacy & Choice Of Doctor

The SDA is concerned about an increasing number of reports of employers trying to: direct workers to certain doctors; be present during the medical consultation; and/or influence the medical treatment of ill and injured workers.

Greetings From Germany

It has been a very eventful past few months. It started off slowly, with school until 31 July and then my Summer holidays began. They were mostly spent cleaning and helping my host family, going out with my host sister and friends, and of course walking my neighbour’s dog, Yukon.

How The SDA Can Help With Non-Union Agreements

The SDA negotiates with a large number of companies to make Enterprise Agreements. Enterprise Agreements are negotiated terms and conditions of employment within a company or organisation. When negotiating an Agreement, the SDA acts as a representative of all of its members within a company.

Rest & Industry Funds Lead the Way

Superannuation is a long-term investment strategy, and all funds bounce around over shorter time frames, reflecting monthly movements in their investment markets.

National Day of Protest - 4 March

Defend Your Rights At Work

National Day of Protest - 4 March

After a Long Battle, We Finally Win Easter Sunday as a Public Holiday

The SDA has been campaigning long and hard for many years for Easter Sunday to be a public holiday.   Good Friday is a public holiday.  Easter Satu

Federal Liberal Government Starts Review of Industrial Relations System

Penalty Rates, Minimum Wage, Individual Contracts, Unfair Dismissal Laws, Awards, Enterprise Agreements and the Independent Umpire (the Fair Work Commission) are all up for grabs