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Labour-Hire Inquiry Recommends Changes

In 2015, the Victorian State Government launched an inquiry into the labour hire industry and insecure work.


The Struggle Continues to Protect Penalty Rates


SDA Supports ACTU Family & Domestic Violence Case

The SDA takes family and domestic violence very seriously. We have already negotiated clauses in enterprise agreements on this important matter.

Northland Blitz

The SDA, in conjunction with our partners Maurice Blackburn lawyers and ME

The 'Gig' Economy

The SDA is very concerned about protecting rights of workers in what is called the gig economy, which includes Uber, Deliveroo and Foodora.

A Big Result For health & Safety

What a great response! Since August 2016, the SDA has had over 5,500 safety chats with retail and fast food workers from across Australia.

Best Wishes, Ian

The SDA National Assistant Secretary Ian Blandthorn retired after 30 years as Assistant National Secretary and 37 years of employment with the SDA.

Fair Work Commission Cuts Sunday & Public Holiday Penalty Rates

Media Release: 23/02/2017

Sunday & Public Holiday Rates Slashed

Nurses See First Tranche of Sunday Penalty Rate Cuts Thanks to Emboldened Billion-Dollar Healthcare Employer

Nurses working for Sonic Health Plus could see their award-aligned Sunday penalty rates cut from 75% to 50%, in what is expected to be worrying tre