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Call to Regulate Labour Hire Agencies

The Victorian Government conducted a review into the labour hire industry and also insecure work in 2016.

Union Action Saves Paid Parental Leave

The Turnbull Government has backed down from their proposed cuts to Paid Parental Leave, which would have forced retail workers back to work earlier after having a baby.

Unions, including the SDA, played a key role in protecting the current Paid Parental Leave Scheme by campaigning and lobbying key Senators.

SDA Roadshow Rolls Into Broadmeadows

The SDA roadshow visited the Broadmeadows area from 27 March to 2 April, with a stand at the town centre outside of Kmart on the Friday and Saturday.

Having a stand in the centre raised the profile of the SDA and our partners REST, ME Bank and Maurice Blackburn who all had representatives for our members to access. Many staff, SDA members, store managers, Hume City Councillors and community residents visited the stand over the two days.

Safety Demands Action Week Coming Soon

The SDA will put health and safety front and centre during Safety Demands Action Week, which runs from 7-14 August this year.

Think You Don't Need a Will? Think Again!

SDA members and their partners receive a free standard will kit from Maurice Blackburn.

It’s surprising how many Australians don’t have an up-to-date will, or any will at all.

If that’s you, and you want some control over what happens to your assets after you’ve gone, now is the time to get a legally binding will in place.

Blood Donor Leave Saves Lives

As part of the 2017 round of modern award reviews, the SDA has made an application to the Fair Work Commission to have blood donor leave included in the General Retail Industry, Pharmacy Industry, Fast Food Industry, Hair and Beauty Industry and Mannequins and Models Awards.

Union Fee Increase

Arising from a National Executive decision in February 2017, there will be an increase in union fees, operative from 1 July 2017.

It's Tax Time Again

The end of the financial year is just around the corner, and before you know it, it’ll be time to get your tax return organised.

If you’re preparing your own tax return, it needs to be lodged with the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) by 31 October.

There are some tax deductions that you may be entitled to, a few of which are outlined here.

Restaurants, Cafes, Hairdressers, All Move to Slash Penalty Rates

Media Release: 1/08/2017

Penalty Rates: The Battle Is On

The SDA has now launched legal action in the Federal Court to appeal the Fair Work Commission’s decision to cut penalty rates.