Delegate of the Month - Donna

2/10/2018

Donna is an SDA Delegate at Coles. She has represented her team mates as a Union Delegate for 13 years.

Donna was recently recognized in the Australian Parliament for her contribution to securing the new Coles Agreement.

Here’s what she has to say...

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Bullying in the workplace – What is it?

20/09/2018

Have you ever felt like you have been picked on by a colleague? Perhaps you’ve been repeatedly criticised, isolated, overworked, teased or insulted by a fellow worker or manager?

Bullying at work occurs when:

a person or a group of people...

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A win for Chloe as temporary 'in charge'

12/09/2018

SDA member Chloe works for a large supermarket chain. Chloe was appointed by her employer to take on extra responsibility at work as temporarily ‘in charge’ for 3 weeks.

When Chloe asked about compensation for the role, she was advised by her...

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Working in fast food - What you need to know

5/09/2018

If you’re one of the 300,000 Australians working in Australia’s fast food industry, there are many things you should know about your employment.

This is especially the case if you’re a young worker or new to the workforce.

Most employees in the...

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From night to day shift: Win for Anthony

5/09/2018

With the backing of his Union, Anthony was able to successfully switch to working day shifts.

Anthony works full time as a Baker at a supermarket. Until recently, he was working the very early morning shift.

Anthony is a father of two and his wife ...

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Underpayment win for night fill team

30/08/2018

Recently, the SDA was able to recover underpaid wages for a group of night fill workers at a major supermarket who had been not paid correctly. 

The night fill workers - whose rostered shifts were predominantly four hours from 8pm to 12am – were...

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Give us a (loo) break!

29/08/2018

Toilet breaks are not a luxury, but a basic need. It is a legal requirement of employers to provide toilet breaks.

Problems can occur however, when employers believe that toilet breaks should happen in a workers’ own time. Work and rosters can be...

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First aid in the workplace

23/08/2018

Incidents can happen without warning in any workplace. Employers and employees should be prepared for emergencies.

 

What is first aid?

According to the First Aid in the Workplace Code of Practice, first aid is “the immediate treatment or care...

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Availability issue fixed for Melissa

22/08/2018

Melissa recently blocked attempts by her employer to reduce her hours. With the backing of her Union, Melissa successfully negotiated a new roster which suited her needs and didn’t lose any hours.

Melissa works part time at a leading retail store.

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Delegate of the month - Mark

22/08/2018

July 2018

Mark is a Delegate at Coles Cessnock. He has been a member for almost five years and a Delegate for four years.

Mark was recently one of a select group of Delegates from the SDA Newcastle & Northern Branch who were publicly...

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SDA Member Sandy covered by Accident Insurance

13/08/2018

SDA member Sandy recently slipped in her bathroom and dislocated her finger.

Luckily for Sandy, all financial SDA members are covered by our accident insurance policy.

Slips, trips and falls can often result in broken bones or a dislocation which...

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From casual to permanent: Win for Patricia

7/08/2018

Patricia recently secured a permanent part-time job with the support of her Union, the SDA.

Patricia had been working at a supermarket on a casual basis for 18 months. She had worked regular hours, and she wanted job security and permanent hours.

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Safety win for Christelle

20/07/2018

Together with her Union, SDA member Christelle recently secured improved safety in her workplace.

Christelle works for a liquor store. Management recently changed the roster so that only one staff member was rostered on to close the store of an...

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Beating Bullying

20/07/2018

Unfortunately bullying and harassment is still common in the workplace. This could be because incidences often go unreported or are not resolved, as each person has a different perception of what ‘harassment’ and ‘bullying’ is.


What is workplace...

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Long Service Leave: The facts

20/07/2018

What is Long Service Leave and who is entitled to it?

Long Service Leave (LSL) is leave granted to any employee whether they are full time, part-time or casual for 10 years of continuous service to an employer.

If you have more than 10 years but...

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Delegate of the month - Nicole

20/07/2018

June 2018

Nicole is one of three fantastic Delegates at Woolworths Mount Hutton. She has been a union member for almost three years and a Delegate for almost two years.

During her service as a Delegate she has dealt with numerous member issues and ...

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Media Release: Unfair penalty rate cuts hit retail and fast food workers hard

20/07/2018

The next round of penalty rates cuts, set to begin on July 1 for 700,000 Australians including hundreds of thousands of workers in retail and fast food were deeply unfair, did not create jobs, did not stimulate the economy and once again...

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Media Release: Don’t Bag Retail Staff - Queensland, Western Australia and Coles and Big W to go bag free on July 1

20/07/2018

With Queensland, Western Australia, Coles and Big W stores nationwide banning the use of single use plastic bags on 1 July, the SDA is reminding customers to be prepared and that there’s no excuse for abusive behaviour to retail staff.

SDA National ...

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Your rights around resigning

20/07/2018

Time to resign?

Perhaps you’ve found another job, are ready to retire, have won the lottery or you just can’t do it anymore. Whatever the reason, you have rights when it comes to resigning. However you also have obligations.

You should give your...

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Media Release: Parking breakthrough at Stockland Green Hills

20/07/2018

Workers at Stockland Green Hills will once again be able to access free, safe parking at the centre, with the SDA, the Union for workers in retail, fast food and warehousing, and Stockland reaching an in-principle agreement.

The SDA has secured a...

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News Flash: SDA information booth at Lake Haven Centre

20/07/2018

On Wednesday 27 June and Thursday 28 June the SDA will hold a pop-up booth at Lake Haven Centre.

SDA representatives, along with our partners ME Bank, REST Industry Super, MRM Lawyers and Hunter Workers Health Centre, will be joining you in your...

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Media release: Don’t bag retail staff, as Woolworths plastic bags go

20/07/2018

The union representing retail workers welcomes Woolworths’ decision to phase out single use plastic bags as of today, but reminds shoppers to remain respectful as part of it’s “Don’t Bag Retail Staff” campaign.

With the banning of single use...

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What workers need to know about plastic bag bans

20/07/2018

A ban on free single use plastic bags will be introduced in some states and select stores across Australia starting from June 2018. 

Customers will be required to either bring their own bags or purchase a reusable bag.

The SDA, the union for...

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Your super, your future

20/07/2018

What is superannuation?

Put simply, your superannuation fund is your retirement savings fund.               

Every pay period, your employer sets aside a percentage of your pay into a super fund and over time with some handy investment and...

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Looking good for work shouldn’t cost you your job

20/07/2018

Dressing and presenting yourself appropriately for work is not a choice, it’s a legal obligation. But what must an employee do to meet appropriate dress and presentation standards for work?

Minimum standards under the law are quite specific....

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Roster win for Kon

20/07/2018

It was the collective voice and support of his union that helped SDA member Kon stand up and fight against a roster change at work recently.

Kon has worked for a supermarket chain for some 17 years.

For the last decade, he has also worked as a...

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STOCKLAND GREEN HILLS - STAFF PARKING DISPUTE

20/07/2018

 

Since last week, the workers’ fight to restore free and safe staff parking at Stockland Green Hills has gathered momentum.

Over 1,000 workers, tenants, customers, local residents and surrounding businesses have already signed the petition.

But...

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NEWS FLASH: 3.5% MINIMUM WAGE INCREASE

20/07/2018

The SDA, the union for workers in retail and fast food welcomed today’s national minimum wage decision, announced by the Fair Work Commission as a step in the right direction, and said it demonstrated that the union movement’s arguments on the...

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Why I became a Delegate

20/07/2018

Joanne White works at McDonalds Heatherbrae. She has been a member of the SDA for four years and recently became a Union Delegate.

Here’s what she had to say about the role of Delegate, and why she became one.

 

Why did you become a Delegate?

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Injuries outside the workplace

20/07/2018

Injuries can occur at any time outside of work.

Sporting activities and even gentle activities such as walking, driving, exercising or gardening etc can result in an injury. A serious injury can have a detrimental effect on that person. It can also ...

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Customer abuse is not okay

20/07/2018

We live in a fast-paced world. People are increasingly time poor and stressed… and at times just plain rude.

But there’s no excuse for the increasing amount of physical and verbal abuse that customers are directing at retail and fast food staff.

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Turnbull's unfair Budget

20/07/2018

We knew Turnbull’s Budget would be for the wealthy and big business. How could a Budget with $80 billion in corporate tax cuts to big business and the banks be anything but? But the devil is in the detail. When you scratch the surface you find a...

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Members Stand Up for Safety at Westfield Kotara

20/07/2018

SDA Union members and Officials recently worked together to improve several safety issues arising from construction works at Westfield Kotara.

Members had identified excessive noise and dust issues during trading hours.

Affected members worked...

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Delegate of the Month - Katherine

20/07/2018

April 2018

Katherine Hill is our Delegate at Kmart Bateau Bay. She has been a member of the SDA for more than seven years.

We asked Katherine about her role as a Delegate.

 

Why did you become a Delegate?

I was bullied within the workplace by a ...

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Changing jobs – What you need to know

20/07/2018

You’ve got a new job! Congratulations!

There’s just a couple of things you need to do before you can start…

Tell your current employer you are leaving!

It can, on occasion, be quite satisfying to hand in your notice. Other times it can be quite...

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Mental health in the workplace

20/07/2018

About one in five Australians will experience a mental illness, and most of us will experience a mental health problem at some time in our lives, according to the Australian Government Department of Health.

 

Mental (psychological) health, just...

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Manual Handling - Watch out for injury hotspots

20/07/2018

What is manual handling?

Manual handling occurs in all workplaces. It refers to any activity requiring the use of force exerted by a person to lift, lower, push, pull, carry or otherwise move or hold or restrain an object, person or animal. Most...

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Grievance Procedure

20/07/2018

What do you do if you have a grievance or a problem at your workplace? For example, your employer insists on a change of your roster, leaving you with no one to care for your young children, or, you haven’t been paid for all the hours that you...

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Your First Job

20/07/2018

Starting your first job can be an exciting time. However, it can also be a somewhat nerve-wracking.

 

Although every workplace is different, there are some rights and responsibilities that apply to all employees and employers. Ensure you’re...

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Redundancy: the basics

20/07/2018

If you are offered a redundancy at work, the first thing you should do is check with the SDA to ensure you are being offered a genuine redundancy.

A redundancy occurs when an employer does not require an employee’s job to be done by anyone or the...

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Working with Disabilities

20/07/2018

Almost one in five Australians reported living with a disability (18.3% or 4.3 million people) (ABS, October 2016). There may be persons with disabilities working in your workplace or you may yourself have a disability.

The Union is here to assist...

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Post-election Report: Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees Association E2017/249

20/07/2018

The post-election report is available to view here

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Travel claim win for Alison

20/07/2018

Recently one of our members contacted us about a travel expense claim her employer was refusing to pay.

Alison, an employee of a petrol station chain, had submitted a travel claim for several shifts she had worked at another site over Christmas.

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Workplace training outside of work hours

20/07/2018

Most employees will be required to undertake workplace training to ensure they have the right skills and knowledge to perform their job.

This can include on or off-the-job training, online of face-to-face learning or individual or team-based...

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Check your payslip

20/07/2018

You should receive regular payslips from your employer. Be sure to keep them!

Payslips may not seem important but they contain valuable information. Your payslip will tell you if you’ve been underpaid. It’s much easier to calculate how much back...

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Roster changes

29/03/2018

A roster is a timetable that shows the days and times employees are required to work.

It is important that you know your rights when it comes to rosters and roster changes.

The SDA often receives calls from members who are considering a proposed...

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In Charge Allowance

29/03/2018

At times during your career you may be asked to temporarily undertake a higher position than your usual role, be it for a couple of hours during your shift, or to cover for an employee on leave.

This is covered under most SDA agreement’s or the...

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Delegate of the Month - Belinda

29/03/2018

March 2018

Belinda is our Delegate at Woolworths Toronto. She has been a Union member for more than 10 years and a Delegate for four years.

We asked her some questions about her role as a Delegate.

 

Why did you become a Delegate?

Our Union...

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DECLARATION OF RESULTS - E2017/249

28/03/2018

Scheduled Election

 

The results of the election for the following offices conducted in accordance with the provisions of the

Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009 and the rules of the organisation are:

 

 

Branch...

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Maternity leave win for Emma

28/03/2018

Emma, an employee of a major supermarket and an SDA member, commenced her maternity leave a few weeks before her baby was due.

Emma was first taking her annual leave before expecting to receive weekly payments under a company policy providing paid...

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Rights regarding doctor’s appointments

27/03/2018

Bosses are increasingly using force or coercion so that they can attend doctor’s appointments with sick or injured employees.

In some cases, employers are going so far as to try to have employee’s medical certificates altered to get employees back...

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Counselling and Warnings

27/03/2018

An employer may request a counselling session with a worker where their performance or conduct has been unsatisfactory.

Counselling (or performance management) can be a positive action designed to raise an individual’s performance and ensure they...

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Media Statement: Retailers 0% pay increase completely out of touch

14/03/2018

The SDA has condemned a submission by the National Retailers Association (NRA) to the Fair Work Commission’s 4-yearly review of modern awards which calls for a 0% pay increase as completely out of touch with the realities of retail workers and the...

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Media Statement: SDA seeks improvements for part time workers in Fast Food Industry Award

14/03/2018

The SDA is currently seeking to secure significant improvements for part time workers in the Fast Food Industry Award (FFIA) in a case before the FWC as part of its 4-yearly review of modern awards.

SDA National Secretary Gerard Dwyer said that the ...

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Media Release: Coles workers vote yes on new agreement

28/02/2018

Coles workers have overwhelmingly voted to accept a new Enterprise Bargaining Agreement which delivers an immediate payment to workers, delivers pay rises for every worker, protects take home pay, improves penalty rates and secures hard won union...

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Working with forklifts

21/02/2018

Forklifts are used in many workplaces to lift, stack and transfer loads.

Unfortunately, they continue to cause workplace deaths and injuries resulting in substantial financial and human costs.

Forklift incidents can be prevented, especially when...

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Back pay win for night fill team

15/02/2018

Recently, the SDA was contacted by members at a supermarket.

The ‘paid meal break’ clause in the store had been overlooked by the employer.

The SDA investigated and discovered that Bill (pictured) and two other members were losing their...

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Delegate of the month - Brenda

14/02/2018

February 2018

Brenda is our Delegate at Coles Fletcher. She has been an SDA member for three years and a Delegate since April 2015.

Brenda has been with Coles for more than four years. She currently works in the dairy department but has also...

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I’m casual, can my hours be cut?

12/02/2018

As a casual employee, your hours can be cut. However, your employer must notify you prior to your shift that you are not required to work.

A common complaint we hear from our members is that they have arrived at work to find their shift has been...

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SDA Submission: Inquiry into the Future of Work and Workers

2/02/2018

Workplace change must be accompanied by policies which put people first.

To achieve an outcome which puts people first in this era of major change the following must occur:

• Changes must be made to relevant industrial relations legislation to...

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Media Release: Dominos workers vote ‘yes’ to new agreement

1/02/2018

Workers have overwhelmingly approved a new Dominos-SDA enterprise bargaining agreement which locks in full penalty rates, improved conditions and provides access to higher guaranteed hours for part time workers.

SDA National Secretary Gerard Dwyer...

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Media Release: New agreement protects pay and conditions for Coles workers

30/01/2018

Coles workers will this week review a new SDA-Coles enterprise bargaining agreement which protects take home pay, improves penalty rates, secures hard won SDA conditions and ensures pay rises for every worker.

The new agreement would also prevent...

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Take your breaks

18/01/2018

As an employee is it vital that you take proper rest breaks and meal breaks as per your Enterprise Agreement or Award.

A rest break is a paid break which allows an employee to rest for a short period of time during their work hours. It can also be...

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Pre-existing medical related issue resolved for Linda

17/01/2018

SDA member Linda was considering resigning after she had been stood down from her retail role pending a request for medical information relating to pre-existing personal condition.

The part-time employee of a national department store was feeling...

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Working in a cold environment

11/01/2018

Many workplaces and work tasks expose employees to different types of cold environments. These can include cool-rooms, freezers and chilled areas such as meat preparation areas, or open areas of the workplace such as receiving areas and green life...

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Media Release: SDA secures overtime rates for casual workers in fast food, retail pharmacy and hair and beauty

10/01/2018

The SDA has been successful in its bid to secure overtime rates for casual workers in the retail, fast food, pharmacy and hair and beauty industries, in a case before the Fair Work Commission.

 

The win for casual workers came as part of the SDA’s ...

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Working in the heat

8/01/2018

With the arrival of summer, employees are reminded of the health and safety risks of working in extreme heat.

 The human body sheds excess heat by sweating. Heat illness occurs when the body cannot sufficiently cool itself. Heat illness includes...

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Identifying hazards in your workplace

5/01/2018

Every workplace has hazards.

Simply put, a hazard is anything (including work practices or procedures) that has the potential to harm the health and safety of a person.

Some hazards are more likely to be present in some workplaces than others.

It ...

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Young Workers Have Rights Too

4/01/2018

At least a third of Australia’s high school students aged 15 years and above work in paid employment, the majority within the retail and fast food industries.

While working conditions are much better than they once were, the SDA continues to see...

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Struggling with work while pregnant?

3/01/2018

When Emalee, a worker at a large supermarket chain, began finding some of her duties difficult to perform due to her being pregnant, she assumed she would have to leave work.

 

She was unable to bend to fill shelves, was having trouble reaching up ...

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Media Release: SDA launches major national campaign to stop abuse of retail and fast food workers this Christmas

14/12/2017

The SDA, the union for workers in retail, fast food and warehousing has launched a major national campaign ‘No One Deserves a Serve’ to stop the abuse and violence towards retail and fast food workers by customers this Christmas.

The massive...

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WORKERS COMP – REMINDER TO CLAIM CENTRELINK BENEFITS IF YOU ARE AFFECTED BY TERMINATION OF WEEKLY BENEFITS

14/12/2017

Are you on workers compensation? Have you received weekly benefits for close to or more than 260 weeks (5 years)? Or have you received a notice from your workers compensation insurer advising that your weekly benefits will be terminated under...

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New changes to motor accidents claims will affect you

12/12/2017

On the back of the NSW Government’s egregious cuts to workers compensation, changes to motor accidents claims took effect from 7 December 2017.

These changes curtail many benefits which were previously available, limit your right to legal...

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News Flash: High Court rules on Aldi Agreement

11/12/2017

The SDA has been working hard to ensure that ALDI workers get a say about their pay and conditions set out in agreements.

The SDA successfully challenged the ALDI Regency Park Agreement in the Fair Work Commission (FWC) and the Federal Court...

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You don't have to work on Boxing Day

7/12/2017

Rather spend Boxing Day with your family and friends?

Get your time back!

Unfortunately, the NSW Government passed legislation allowing stores to open their doors on December 26th, which means that many workers will be robbed of the opportunity to ...

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Freezer allowance backpay for Sherin

6/12/2017

SDA member Sherin, an employee of a national supermarket chain, covered a relief role in the freezer for a colleague and months later, wondered if she had been entitled to a freezer allowance.

She contacted SDA to see if she was eligible to receive ...

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Media Statement - SDA praises Senate action to protect penalty rates for 700,000 workers

5/12/2017

The SDA, the union for workers in retail, fast food and warehousing has praised the Senate’s decision to prioritise debate of the Fair Work Amendment (Repeal of 4 Yearly Reviews and Other Measures) Bill 2017 which involves protecting penalty rates...

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Media Statement - Specialty Fashion Group

22/11/2017

SDA National Secretary Gerard Dwyer expressed deep disappointment at the news that up to 1,000 retail workers across the Specialty Fashion Group may lose their jobs as the company decided to close over 300 stores to 2020.

 

“This is absolutely...

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Roster issue fixed for Simone

22/11/2017

When Simone, an employee of a national discount department store, was rostered on for an early morning shift she wasn’t able to work, she went to her Union delegate.

Simone had been rostered to start at 6am, however as the permanent part time...

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National disgrace: Federal Govt must act on wage theft epidemic

21/11/2017

The Federal Government must act swiftly to address the widespread exploitation of international students and backpackers, the SDA – the union for retail, fast food and warehouse workers - said today following the release of a report detailing the...

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New agreement voted up by Priceline workers

21/11/2017

A new Priceline Agreement has been voted up by a majority of employees and approved by the Fair Work Commission, securing improved pay and conditions for workers.

Following negotiations between the Company, all Priceline employees were given the...

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Casual workers’ rights

17/11/2017

As a casual worker you are employed on a shift-to-shift basis, and generally have no certainty of ongoing work.

The casual work arrangement should go both ways however. If shifts are only available casually, you are not obliged to always be...

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SDA recovers shift for members

16/11/2017

Recently one of our delegates contacted us about a roster change made by their store manager which would affect two members.

The members had volunteered to work on an upcoming public holiday, so the store manager changed the roster. The manager...

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It pays to be a member

15/11/2017

Being an SDA member is the best way to secure a better environment in your workplace.

As an SDA member you’ll help win better pay and conditions for workers through collective bargaining with your employer.

Did you know on average, people with a...

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Getting paid for workplace training

10/11/2017

Recently one of our members returned to work after taking 8 months’ extended leave due to a non-work related injury.

Prior to her return, Natalie, an employee of a major supermarket, touched base with the store to discuss her return date.

She was...

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Delegate of the Month - Brendan

10/11/2017

November 2017

Here’s what Brendan (pictured left) has to say about his role as SDA Delegate.

 

Why did you become a Delegate?

I saw an opportunity to represent my fellow team members and use my position within my store as Deputy Manager to...

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Media Statement: Statement on Vickers discontinuation of application to terminate Coles 2011 Agreement

9/11/2017

The Shop Distributive and Allied Employees Association (SDA) National Secretary Gerard Dwyer said while he was pleased Ms Vickers had discontinued her application to terminate the Coles 2011 enterprise bargaining agreement (EBA) it was important to...

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SDA terminates Domino’s Agreements to get better pay and conditions for workers

1/11/2017

Following applications by the Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees Association (SDA) made in June 2016 and July 2017 Deputy President (SDP) Hamberger of the Fair Work Commission (FWC) issued a decision to terminate all 27 expired Dominos Pizza...

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SDA secures draft new Agreement for Coles employees

15/09/2017

Coles and the SDA have agreed on a draft new EBA to cover retail store team members.

 The SDA set out to negotiate the Agreement with four key priorities, endorsed at multiple meetings by SDA Delegates from stores throughout Australia:

  • ...
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Have you been injured? Read this.

7/09/2017

Rodger works at KFC.

Lucky for him, he is an SDA member.

Rodger was recently injured in a soccer game and required a knee reconstruction. He missed out on 6 weeks of work and can now only work if his duties do not require he twists his body.

Did...

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Are you on paid parental leave?

6/09/2017

This may be of some interest to you.

An SDA member recently faced an issue where she had begun her paid parental leave and was not being paid correctly.

Her rate of pay corresponded with what her minimum contracted hours were and not with the...

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Delegate of the Month - Liz & Rowena

6/09/2017

September 2017

Delegate(s) of the month are… dynamic duo Liz Bass and Rowena McNeil from Coles Wyong.

Liz and Rowena have been working together as delegates for two years. They enjoy a successful partnership as delegates in the workplace as they...

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A Win For Duty Manager Gemma

5/09/2017

Have you ever been flexed up to a management role when your company needed you?

Did you know you should be paid for any additional duties you take on?

SDA member Gemma had been working as one of three acting ‘Duty Manager’s’ sharing a full-time...

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SDA AND COLES BARGAINING UPDATE 31/8/17

1/09/2017

Coles and the SDA have held meetings over the past two days as negotiations for a new Coles Supermarkets Agreement continues.

Throughout negotiations over the past 2 months there has been significant progress to secure a new agreement that delivers ...

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Let’s face facts: Women aren’t equal

24/08/2017

Living in a country like Australia we can often forget that, in 2017, women still don't enjoy full equality to our male counterparts.

The Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU), has offered some depressing and shocking statistics on...

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Are you on Workers Compensation?

22/08/2017

Due to changes to the NSW Workers Compensation Act 1987 in 2012 any worker on workers compensation who is covered by this Act who has received weekly benefits for 260 weeks (5 years) or more who has not been assessed as having at least 21% whole...

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Media Statement: Fairfax gets it wrong again on Domino's Agreement

21/08/2017

In its article ‘Pizza driver aims to deliver for Domino's underpaid workers’ (20/08 - The Age online) Fairfax purposely omits key facts relating to the SDA’s handling of the Domino’s Pizza Agreement covering delivery drivers.

In February 2016, the...

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Staff Shortages A Problem In Your Workplace?

16/08/2017

The SDA know that staff shortages can be very upsetting and stressful for our members. The SDA takes workplace stress very seriously as it is a health and safety issue.

When workers have to work beyond their reasonable limits, so too does the...

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Media Release: Christmas at risk for retail workers

11/08/2017

Christmas is at risk for retail workers in the Newcastle region following the tabling yesterday of a fundamentally flawed report which recommends full retail trading on December 26th - a day that has normally been kept closed for families to enjoy...

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SDA and Coles Bargaining Update 9/8/17

9/08/2017
Meetings between the SDA and Coles have continued over the past two days as part of negotiations for a new Coles Supermarkets Agreement.
Progress has been made around rostering protections, securing above award part-time provisions, fair access...
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Sick of unlawful workplace notices?

9/08/2017

Have you ever seen a notice such as this in your workplace?

Not only is it incorrect but it is unlawful.

An SDA Delegate intervened today in a major supermarket on the NSW Central Coast to have this notice removed.

Unfortunately notices like this ...

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What you need to do when an abusive or violent customer comes into your store

9/08/2017

This week, during Safety Demands Action Week, SDA Union Delegates and Organisers will be out in stores talking to workers about health and safety in their store.

Customer abuse and violence is serious health and safety concern for retail and fast...

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Your Rights as a Pregnant Worker

8/08/2017

Balancing pregnancy with work can be challenging for working women but with improved communication and understanding of pregnancy rights the SDA has been able to secure better outcomes for its pregnant members.

SDA member Susan recently needed the...

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Personal / Carer's Leave

3/08/2017

Personal/Carer’s Leave

All employees are entitled to time off for personal/carer’s leave.

 

What is personal/carer’s Leave? 

Personal/carer’s leave covers both sick leave and carer’s leave.

An employee may take personal/carer’s leave if the...

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SDA and Coles Bargaining Update

3/08/2017

The SDA and Coles have met over the last two days continuing negotiations for a new Coles Supermarkets Agreement.

Negotiations this week have focused on SDA claims for rostering, entitlements and protections for part-time workers, domestic violence ...

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Burns In The Workplace

1/08/2017

Burns to employees in the workplace can occur through many means; hot surfaces, chemicals, cooking oils, steam, radiant heat, fire, hot water etc.

With over 1.1million Australian workers, working in the retail or fast food industry, some of these...

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Delegate of the Month - Jo

28/07/2017

July 2017

Rising to the challenge is just one of the qualities we recognize in someone when choosing Delegates and Jo has done this in spades over and again this year.

Meet our Delegate of the Month – Jo Murdoch. Jo has worked with Myer for over...

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Coles Bargaining Update

27/07/2017

The SDA and Coles met yesterday as part of negotiations for a new Coles Supermarkets Agreement.

Progress was made on improved tea breaks and new part-time clauses.

The company has proposed an Award based model for the new agreement with many...

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Back pay win for Brittany!

18/07/2017

How would you feel if you were on annual leave and came back to no job?

 

Brittany had only worked for Subway for four months when she was terminated, as she was still in her probationary period, she had no unfair dismissal rights.

 

Brittany...

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David Jones Revised Dress Policy

14/07/2017

David Jones has advised the SDA that it is revising it’s “Wear What You Sell” preferred dress policy.

From the end of July 2017, Intimate Apparel, Shoes & Accessories and Childrenswear will revert to the “Black Out” preferred dress.

This is in...

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REST credits 11.07%!

13/07/2017

Great news for REST members as REST credits 11.07% this financial year!

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Unions win important step for casual worker rights

6/07/2017

In good news for casual workers, unions have won an important case to help secure better rights for casual workers.

Unions, including the SDA, are working hard to address the growing problem of casual work and casualisation of Australia’s...

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SDA and Coles Bargaining Update

5/07/2017

Over the past two days the SDA has met with Coles as part of negotiations for a new Coles Agreement.

Yesterday the Company provided their opening position and today we responded with our list of claims. You can find our list here.

Over the last...

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Coles Negotiations Update 4 July 2017

4/07/2017

SDA and Coles begin negotiations

Today the SDA met with Coles to begin negotiations for a new Coles Agreement and the Company provided their opening position.

Tomorrow, we’ll be taking our list of claims to the Company.

Over the last week, Coles...

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Unions disappointed by ruling on paid domestic violence leave that puts workers at risk

4/07/2017

Media release | 3 July 2017

The SDA, the Union for Workers in Retail, Fast Food & Warehousing is deeply disappointed by the Fair Work Commission’s ruling not to include paid Family and Domestic Violence Leave in Modern Awards.

SDA National...

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Change Someone's Life - Donate Blood!

3/07/2017

People of all walks of life need blood products. Some need it to get them through a serious event in their lives, like cancer or a dangerous pregnancy. Others have medical conditions which mean they need blood products regularly to stay alive or be...

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Fee Increase

3/07/2017

The Union has decided to increase its membership subscriptions effective on and from 1 July 2017.

This is the first increase in 2 years and is very modest taking in to account current low wages growth and the continuing pressure on the take home...

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Coles Bargaining Update - Securing your pay + conditions

30/06/2017

The SDA, as your representative, is now negotiating with Coles for a new Coles Agreement.

Your Coles Agreement sets out your pay and conditions and we will be working hard to secure fair and decent wages and conditions for all Coles workers. 

At a ...

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Surveillance in the Workplace

30/06/2017

 

Are there cameras at your workplace?

Do you understand your legal rights at work when it comes to surveillance?

Here are some useful facts:

The Workplace Surveillance Act 2005 (NSW) is a NSW law only, with no other states regulating...

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Delegate of the Month - Mackenzie

30/06/2017

June 2017

Mackenzie is a proud Union member. He joined the Shop Distributive and Allied Employees’ Association Newcastle & Northern Branch (SDA), immediately after starting work at McDonalds in January 2012.

As a member, Mackenzie demonstrates ...

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Carton Counts and Scan Rates

19/06/2017

SDA members often ask whether 'carton counts' or ‘scan rates’ are enforceable and whether they can be disciplined or even warned for not reaching targets set by management.

A carton count or a roll-cage carton count is the rate at which night-fill...

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Elyse's Long Service Leave Win

19/06/2017

Elyse worked for a national department store as a casual for 6 years, working an average of 20 hours per week. When she returned to work from maternity leave, she was advised by her employer that there was only an average of 6 casual hours...

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Caitlin Stands Tall In Her Workplace

14/06/2017

Caitlin recently stood up for her rights at work on behalf of her co-workers and herself. Her workplace is now a better place to work with all workers receiving their minimum break entitlement – something which hadn’t occurred in her workplace for...

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Delegate of the Month – Christina

14/06/2017

May 2017

Christina Lowe is our May Delegate of the Month. Christina has been a union member for almost 3 years and a Delegate for 7 months.

Christina was keen to share her thoughts about her role as a Delegate.

 

Why did you become a Delegate?

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UPDATE ON MINIMUM WAGE / AWARD RATES OF PAY

7/06/2017

The Fair Work Commission has handed down the Annual Wage Case, which determines the annual pay rise for workers covered by Modern Awards, writes David Bliss, Assistant Secretary. 

What does this mean for workers covered by Awards?

In 2017, the...

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Retail and fast food workers take another blow after modern award wage increase falls short

6/06/2017

Media release | 6 June 2017

Just one day after a timetable was set to slash the take home pay of over 700,000 workers earning weekend penalty rates, retail and fast food workers have received a 3.3% increase which is set to be eaten away by those...

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Have you injured yourself outside of work?

2/06/2017

Allex injured himself on a jumping castle.

He dislocated his ankle and fractured his right leg. Allex did not think of contacting his Union, the SDA, after his accident as it had taken place outside of working hours. It was on the advice of another ...

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LABOR WOMEN'S BUDGET STATEMENT 2017

11/05/2017

THE HON. BILL SHORTEN MP, LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION

SHADOW MINISTER FOR INDIGENOUS AFFAIRS AND ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDERS, MEMBER FOR MARIBYRNONG

WOMEN'S BUDGET STATEMENT 2017, PARLIAMENT HOUSE, CANBERRA

THURSDAY, 11 MAY 2017
*** CHECK...

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TRICKLE DOWN MALCOLM DELIVERS ANOTHER BUDGET FOR HIS WEALTHY MATES

10/05/2017

Last night’s “trickle down” federal budget is another budget for the 1%. We need a budget for the 99%.

It is yet another failure by Malcolm Turnbull and his out of touch Liberal National Government to deliver for ordinary working Australian...

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Delegate of the Month - Anita

3/05/2017

April 2017

Quite simply, "It's just about being fair."

Meet our active 'delegate of the month' the bright, vivacious and outgoing Anita Briggs from Woolworths Lake Haven! 

Anita has been a SDA member for 9 years and a Union Delegate for 8 years.

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Preparing to go on Parental Leave

28/04/2017

Preparing to go on maternity leave can be overwhelming.  If you find yourself in this situation; congratulations, sit back and read this guide:

 

  • Government Paid Parental Leave (PPL)

You may be aware that the government have proposed changes...

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Being able to make a complaint or inquiry about your employment is a workplace right!

24/04/2017

"I want to make a complaint about my working conditions but….

I am scared about what will happen to me and my job if I do.”

“Last time someone complained, things got much worse out on the floor and now we don’t think it is worth speaking up.”

...

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Liberals fight against wage increase for Australia’s low-paid workers

30/03/2017

Yesterday, the SDA applied to raise the base rate of pay for retail, fast food and pharmacy workers covered by Awards by 10% in addition to the $45 increase sought by the ACTU.

The Liberal Government has now announced it will fight AGAINST our push ...

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Lower house must stand up for penalty rates - as bill passes senate

30/03/2017

The senate has acted to protect the take-home pay of hundreds of thousands of hard-working but low paid people in Australia. Now the legislation and the responsibility to protect working people pass to the lower house.
This legislation will safeguard ...

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Great win for Harrison!

30/03/2017

Harrison contacted the SDA, the union for retail, fast food and warehousing workers, when he was moved department and told his hours had been cut, without reason. Harrison had been working regular hours for months in the same department prior to...

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AEC post-election report E2016/271

30/03/2017

In accordance with the provisions of regulation 141 of the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Regulations 2009 the Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees Association-Newcastle and Northern Branch advises that a copy of the AEC post-election...

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HANDS UP IF YOU HAVE A SUGAR DADDY?

30/03/2017

 

Check out this morning’s astonishing radio interview with Employment Minister Michaelia Cash.

The Liberal Minister floundered as she attempted in vain to justify her Government’s absurd anti-worker submission that you don’t really need a decent...

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ACTU seeks 6.7% minimum wage rise

29/03/2017

The ACTU is asking the Fair Work Commission (FWC) for a $45 a week (6.7%) increase in the national minimum wage.

The proposed rise is above the 2.4% increase the FWC handed down last year when it lifted the national minimum wage by $15.80 a week,...

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SDA Submission: REVIEW OF THE 2015 AMENDMENTS TO THE RETAIL TRADING ACT 2008

28/03/2017

The Union strongly opposes the continuation of the Boxing Day trading trial and supports five (5) restricted trading days, specifically Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Anzac Day, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

Public holidays remain significant cultural ...

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Matter No: 2014/305 FOUR YEARLY REVIEW OF MODERN AWARDS : PENALTY RATES SUBMISSION OF THE SDA - Transitional And Related Matters

27/03/2017

Matter No: 2014/305

FOUR YEARLY REVIEW OF MODERN AWARDS : PENALTY RATES

SUBMISSION OF THE SDA -

 

Transitional And Related Matters

 

Date 24 March, 2017

 

SDA Primary Position

  1. The Shop Distributive and Allied Employees’ Association makes...
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Your rights around Personal/Sick Leave

24/03/2017

Imagine seeing this text on your work noticeboard or being told this in a team meeting:

 

 

Recently the SDA has been made aware of an area manager of a large supermarket rolling out a new policy to staff around sick leave. The policy was of...

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MICHAELIA CASH: BAD IR MINISTER … EVEN WORSE GREEN GROCER

21/03/2017

We already knew that Michaelia Cash was an abysmal IR Minister. Now we can confirm she would make an equally poor green grocer because Michaelia just keeps comparing apples with oranges.

 

While the Turnbull Government turns its back on 700,000...

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Great long service leave win for Olivia

21/03/2017

Union member Olivia, recently contacted the SDA while in discussions with her employer; a national chemist chain. Olivia’s long term partner had been offered a high paying job abroad. As her partner is the breadwinner of the family, and Olivia was...

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Delegate of the Month - Harry

17/03/2017

March 2017

Harry Fuller is our March Delegate of the Month. He has been a Union member for 7 years and a Delegate for 1 year and 9 months.

 

Why did you become a Delegate?

I became a Delegate so my colleagues would have representation for night...

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There’s never been a better time: for women to join a union

8/03/2017

Australian women need to join their union now more than ever writes SDA Newcastle & Northern Branch Secretary Barbara Nebart. 

The union movement has been at the forefront of women’s rights in Australia since the beginning.

When women entered...

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Cuts to penalty rates will cost retail and fast food workers more than $1 billion each year

23/02/2017

Media release | 23 February 2017

The Fair Work Commission’s decision to cut Sunday and public holiday penalty rates means that retail and fast food workers will lose out on more than $1 billion each year while not creating a single extra job.

SDA...

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Welcoming A New Chapter In My Life

22/02/2017

Hi, my name is Peter Cooper and I'm excited to introduce myself as the new Organiser of the SDA for the Hunter Valley area. I am excited to take on this role and I am keen to get started in the area, assisting our members.

About me...

I was born...

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Know Your Rights - Social Media

16/02/2017

THINK before you post, like, share, send, tweet, re-tweet, snap-chat or instagram! 

Recently, the SDA's attention has been turned towards social media policies in the workplace in particular where there has been an increase in disciplinary action...

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Know your rights - Work Safety & Injuries in the workplace

16/02/2017

Occupational Health and Safety is a major issue facing Australian workplaces and unions.

Many decades of struggle by trade unions have produced healthier and safer working conditions but the level of occupational injury, disease and death is still...

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Public Holidays

16/02/2017

For most workers, public holidays mean a day off work with pay to share with family and friends in celebration of significant cultural, social or religious occasions.  In the retail and fast food industries, especially, if only it were that straight ...

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Know Your Rights – Rosters

15/02/2017

It’s important that you know what your rights are when it comes to rosters and roster changes.

The SDA often receives calls from members who are considering a proposed roster change put forward by their company.

Members often ask the SDA what can...

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Know Your Rights – Breaks

14/02/2017

Breaks are not optional extras. They must be taken and cannot be withdrawn by your employer.

It’s very important to take your breaks when they fall due because they are designed to give you a rest.

A break makes you more efficient and better able...

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Know Your Rights - Payment of Wages and Payslips

13/02/2017

You have a right to be paid the correct grade:

Employees should be paid in accordance with their correct classification or “grade”.

Enterprise agreements and Modern Awards have a classification section which sets out job roles and the associated...

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KEEP A FILE!

8/02/2017

The Union regularly assists members with issues in their workplaces. It might be that members are being underpaid or are unsure of their rights and come to us for help. Often we may require payslips, rosters, contracts of employment or other related ...

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Broken air-con in work?

1/02/2017

Could you survive working in the summer in the fast food industry with no air-conditioning?

Workers in a national fast food store were doing just that until a Union Official visited the store and noticed that the air con unit was no longer working. ...

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Are you due Long Service Leave?

18/01/2017

Quite often employees are unsure of their rights around Long Service Leave and when it can be taken.

In the state of NSW, Long Service Leave is governed by the Long Service Leave Act of 1955. Each state has its own Act so if you are seeking...

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Delegate of the Month - Rebecca

17/01/2017

January 2017

Rebecca Holt is our January Delegate of the Month. Rebecca works in Woolworths Newcastle West. She has been a Union member for 12 years and a Delegate for 3 years.

Lyn, SDA Organiser, sat down with Rebecca and asked her some questions ...

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SDA SUCCESSFULLY OPPOSES UNFAIR H&M AGREEMENT

17/01/2017

The SDA, the union representing retail, fast food and warehouse workers,  has won a victory for H&M workers after successfully opposing an unfair enterprise agreement in the Fair Work Commission (FWC).

Deputy President Bull dismissed the...

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Snowboarding Accident? We've got you covered!

12/01/2017

Stephanie had a snowboarding accident at the end of August. She pulled cartilage, dislocated her knee and was written off work for 4 weeks. As Stephanie injured herself outside work, she had expected to pay the cost of her treatment and time off...

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Report that Risk

10/01/2017

Your employer is obliged to ensure that your workplace is safe (as far as reasonably practicable), so if you experience or are aware of any problems which create risks to your health and safety at work, you need to report them.

SPEAK UP!

Raising a ...

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Delegates of the Month: Diane and Nicole

25/11/2016

December 2016

Diane Bickerstaff and Nicole Ferris are Union Delegates at Coles Lake Haven. 

We recently sat down with both Delegates to discuss the benefits of working as a team. Both Diane and Nicole agreed that having a colleague to lend support ...

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Narisa's Christmas Wish

18/11/2016

Narisa works for a national retailer. In 2015, the company trained her as a corset fitter. In 2016, she was trained in prosthesis fitting. As this training is not standard training, Narisa was unsure if she should be paid for higher duties.

When...

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Don't Agonise, Organise!

18/11/2016

 

‘Post-truth’ is the Oxford Dictionary’s word of the year.

The definition of ‘post-truth’ is, “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal...

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Injuries Outside The Workplace

9/11/2016

Have you ever broken or fractured a bone or sustained other injuries at home; playing sports, out and about with family and friends or on holidays?

Accidents can happen at anytime. Depending on the type of injury you suffer, you may not be able to...

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Harassment or office banter - where do you draw the line?

26/10/2016

 

Earlier this month the SDA Newcastle Branch participated in a Young Workers Conference.

During the conference a report was released which found about half of young workers have experienced bullying or harassment on the job.

The stories of...

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Issues with a store transfer? Read this!

21/10/2016

Retail worker, Barry*, recently needed a transfer to another workplace but ran into unexpected problems when he arrived there.

He faced an all too common problem. His employer attempted to unlawfully cut his hours from full-time to casual in the...

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Working Boxing Day?

14/10/2016

YOUR BOXING DAY RIGHTS

 

On Boxing Day, Monday 26 December 2016, you are entitled to exercise your legal right to take the time off on the public holiday unless you freely elect to work without any pressure, coercion, harassment, threat or...

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Fun Fact Friday

7/10/2016

This week a major retailer failed to process the payment of wages correctly on time. This in itself is disappointing because many workers were left with an anxious wait while the problem was rectified. Fortunately, through the quick response of...

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Theft works both ways

5/10/2016

Imagine if you took a stroll down to the cash registers at work, popped open the drawer and helped yourself to an amount as small as $5, writes Nina Hutchinson.

You would expect some pretty serious consequences, right? Perhaps an investigation...

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Member Win: Jack's Story

27/09/2016

You’re working full-time in a job you enjoy and your boss approaches you one day and directs you to go part-time.  What would you do?

That’s the dilemma which faced Jack last week.

Jack is a 20 year old fast food worker who has worked full-time...

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Delegate of the Month - Danae

13/09/2016

September 2016

Danae is our Delegate at Woolworths Rutherford. She has been a Union member for nearly 6 years and a Delegate since Nov 2014.

Belinda, an SDA Recruiter, sat down with Danae and asked her some questions about her role as a Delegate.

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Payslips : What you NEED to know!

7/09/2016

Do you know if you're getting paid correctly? When was the last time you checked your payslip? Payslips are vital to ensure that you, the employee, receive the correct pay and entitlements and allow your employer to keep accurate and complete...

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Delegate Win!

2/09/2016

Our Delegate in Jay Jay’s Kotara, Robyn, recently met with management to advise them that they couldn’t cut back on permanent part time hours without notice. This issue affected both union and non-union members. As a result of Robyn advising...

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Blood Donor Leave

29/08/2016

People of all walks of life need blood products, writes Jade Baker.

Some need it to get them through a serious event in their lives, like cancer or a dangerous pregnancy. Others have medical conditions which mean they need blood products regularly...

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That Wacky Tabacky could get you the sack-y!

25/08/2016

A warehouse worker who admitted to smoking cannabis the evening before attending work has failed to get his job back in a high risk environment.  The worker claimed his dismissal was harsh, unjust or unreasonable before the Fair Work Commission but...

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Devastating announcement for Masters Staff

25/08/2016

The SDA is deeply disappointed with the announcement this afternoon that Masters stores will cease trading by mid-December across the country.

SDA National Secretary Gerard Dwyer said that while stores will remain open for the next 12-14 weeks this ...

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Family and Domestic Violence – A Workplace Issue

23/08/2016

Family and domestic violence is a workplace issue, writes Branch Secretary, Barbara Nebart.

The SDA is fully committed to supporting initiatives aimed at removing domestic violence from our society and recognises that Domestic Violence is a...

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Win for Randall Connell at Officeworks

21/07/2016

Our member, Randall Connell, works at Officeworks and recently noticed that he had not been correctly paid the higher duties rate and first aid allowance in accordance with his Enterprise Agreement.

After investigation and discussions with...

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Can you afford to be $17,000 worse off?

13/07/2016

Ask a young person how minimum wage increases are determined and common responses will include ‘the boss’, ‘the Government’ and the always amusing ‘I deserve them’. Unfortunately, few young workers are aware that the annual National Wage Case is the ...

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Delegate of the Month - Jenna

11/07/2016

July 2016

Jenna Schofield is a Bunnings workplace Delegate. She has been a Union member for 3 years and a Delegate since Oct 2015. We sat down with Jenna and asked her some questions about her role as a Delegate.

Why did you become a Delegate?

I ...

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STAND UP FOR YOUR WORK RIGHTS AND PUT THE LIBERALS LAST THIS ELECTION

1/07/2016

Your rights, entitlements and wages at work had been hard fought by unions in Australia for over 100 years.

A fair and just minimum wage, the 38 hour week, breaks, leave entitlements, rostering conditions, penalty rates, workplace health and...

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LET’S FIGHT FOR FAIR TAXATION AND PUT THE LIBERALS LAST THIS ELECTION

1/07/2016

Australian politicians like to pretend the tax debate is complex and we should leave it up to so-called experts (especially former successful businessmen) because apparently we’re all a bit simple, but really it is quite simple.

In the end it is...

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TO INVEST IN EDUCATION PUT THE LIBERALS LAST THIS ELECTION

1/07/2016

Education is the great enabler and equalizer. No matter what is your socio-economic background, whether you or your child attended a Government, Catholic or Independent school or if you live in the city, suburbs or the regions a good education will...

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FOR A DECENT RETIREMENT PUT THE LIBERALS LAST THIS ELECTION

29/06/2016

A decent retirement which provides all Australians with a comfortable standard of living in retirement is integral to a fair and just society.

That’s why the Australian trade union movement has always fought for the pension and a strong industry...

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LET’S DEFEND OUR PUBLIC SERVICE AND PUT THE LIBERALS LAST THIS ELECTION

29/06/2016

Public services are the cornerstone of a fair community but in the last 3 years the Abbott / Turnbull Government has cut over 18,000 public sector jobs.

These deep cuts have had an impact on almost every member of the community.

From families, job ...

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LET’S SAVE MEDICARE AND PUT THE LIBERALS LAST THIS ELECTION

28/06/2016

More than any other single issue, this election will be a referendum on the future of Medicare.

In recent days everyone seems to be falling over themselves to defend Medicare.  After three years of carving the guts out of healthcare funding,...

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LET’S BUILD A BETTER FUTURE AND PUT THE LIBERALS LAST THIS ELECTION

27/06/2016

There’s just five more sleeps until the election. Thank goodness! Five more days of politicians ambling through shopping centres, handing out at railway stations, wearing hi-vis, kissing babies and (now officially) launching their campaigns.

Then...

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Statement from Gerard Dwyer, National Secretary of the SDA – the union for retail, fast-food and warehouse workers – re Coles decision

9/06/2016

Statement from Gerard Dwyer, National Secretary of the SDA – the union for retail, fast-food and warehouse workers – re Coles decision

The SDA is extremely disappointed that Coles have not agreed to make undertakings as invited to by the Fair Work...

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Sacked for drinking coffee on the job

1/06/2016

The Fair Work Commission has awarded a part time cleaner $9187.20 in compensation after he was fired for having a cup of coffee on the job.

The cleaner, an international student on a visa which restricts him from working more than 20 hours a week,...

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Coles Agreement Update - FWC Decision

31/05/2016

In breaking news, the Fair Work Commission has just ruled that the enterprise agreement that 91 per cent of Coles workers who voted endorsed, should remain in place, confirming that the vast majority of Coles workers are better off.

Today in the...

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2.4% MINIMUM WAGE INCREASE FOR AWARD WORKERS

31/05/2016

The Fair Work Commission (FWC) has handed down its annual minimum wage ruling today.

The FWC heard evidence and submissions from unions, employer associations and other interested parties during an exhaustive process which commenced late last year.

... Read More

Coles Agreement Update

31/05/2016

In breaking news, the Fair Work Commission has just ruled that the enterprise agreement that 91 per cent of you endorsed, should remain in place, confirming that the vast majority of Coles workers are better off.

Today in the courtroom, there was a ...

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Delegate of the Month – Lee

17/05/2016

May 2016

Lee Mills is our Delegate in Woolworths Muswellbrook. She has been a Union member for 3 years and a Delegate since Oct 2013.

Kim, an SDA Organiser, sat down with Lee and asked her some questions about her role as a Delegate.

 

Why did...

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Your rights regarding Doctor’s Appointments

13/05/2016

A large part of the Union’s work is assisting our members with workplace injuries and Workers Compensation claims.

The Union is aware that there have been many recent cases of employers seeking to attend Doctor’s appointments or that workers have...

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MEMBER WIN – ACCIDENT INSURANCE

13/05/2016

Nicole Cox fractured her ankle whilst mowing her lawn when her foot rolled into a divot.

During a Union Official’s visit to Nicole store, Nicole was advised she could claim through the Union’s Accident Insurance. She received a payout of $600.

The ...

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AEC urges Voters to Enrol before Federal Election

9/05/2016

The Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) is urging voters to check their enrolment details before the upcoming federal election campaign.

The electoral rolls will close on May 23rd, ahead of the July 2 poll.

Electoral Commissioner Tom Rogers said ...

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Safety is union business

6/05/2016

Safety is union business and the SDA - the union for retail, fast-food and warehouse workers - makes no apologies for that.

Grace Collier’s opinion piece in The Australian, 3 May, insinuated that by running accredited workplace health and safety...

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$4 Internship Program a Pathway to Exploitation

5/05/2016

 Media Release: Wednesday 4 May

$4 internship program a pathway to exploitation

The Turnbull Government’s PaTH internship program announced in the Federal Budget appears devoid of practical protections and will pave the way for further...

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Turnbull's First Shell Game (ahem! Budget)

4/05/2016

Last night Scott Morrison and Malcolm Turnbull delivered their first (and hopefully last) budget. It was a slick sales job. The Liberals say this is a plan for jobs and growth — but it’s really a plan to deliver tax cuts for multinationals at the...

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A Monumental Win!

6/04/2016

SDA member Maria Lockwood turned up to work at ‘The Base Warehouse - The Entrance’ last September for an extra shift. Instead she was handed a letter that gave her the sack for reasons which she strongly denied. Her employer would not even talk to...

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SDA Member Win: Catherine Sparke

8/03/2016

Catherine Sparke contacted the SDA after working for 10 years for an international fast food chain.

The franchise owner was being very difficult about Catherine's resignation. After some intervention from the SDA regarding notice period and amount ...

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Casual workers caught out on Super!

8/03/2016

A new ruling from the ATO means that pizza delivery drivers must be paid as employees and not contractors for the purposes of superannuation obligations.

University of Sydney economist Dr Michael Rafferty told The New Daily that the decision is...

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SDA Member Win: Aimee Ringham

8/03/2016

Aimee Ringham, a manager at a Charlestown clothing company, recently contacted the Union, shortly after becoming a member. She was concerned her wages were not being calculated correctly. While the SDA can only represent members with current issues...

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Barbara's Brainteasers Winner May 2014

8/03/2016

Congratulations to Fiona Madafiglio who has won this issue of The Distributive Worker’s ‘Barbara’s Brainteasers’.

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The Penalty Rate Debate

8/03/2016

The Attacks

Currently there is a three-pronged attack on your rights at work and your right to compensation for working weekends.

Attack One: Employers

Employers have made applications to cut workers’ rights to penalty rates on the weekend....

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SDA Accident Insurance

8/03/2016

Kaye Stevens, a long standing Union member working for Myer Charlestown, recently suffered a fall which left her with a broken wrist.

Upon speaking with her store Delegate, she was advised she could claim on the Unions accident insurance which...

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Workers get burned at Grill'd

8/03/2016

A 20 year old Melbourne woman, Kahlani Pyrah, has launched Federal Court action against fast-food company Grill‘d.

According to Pyrah, "A few months ago, one of our friends was unfairly sacked, and people came to me because they knew I was a member ...

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KFC Worker Burned in Workplace Accident

8/03/2016

A sixteen year old KFC worker in Geelong suffered horrific burns to his face and body in a workplace accident on Friday night.

Tyson Grieg, 16, an experienced cook, worked for KFC for 2 years when the incident occurred.

'I was shocked at how...

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100% Pay Week of Action 2015

8/03/2016

The SDA recently held a national week of action for our 100% Pay at 18+ campaign in August (3rd-9th).

The week saw Organisers and Delegates campaign in-store to raise awareness for the cause which currently has 56,536 supporters Australia wide to...

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Casual Workers DO Have Rights!

8/03/2016

Jade Baker, Industrial Officer writes:

Here are some of the things you are entitled to as a casual employee:

  • A higher hourly pay rate than equivalent permanent employees, in the form of a 'casual loading' because casual employees don't...
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SDA Win for Member

8/03/2016

After a long drawn out Workers Compensation battle, one of our SDA members, Sharon Bailey, had a nice win last year. Sharon Bailey was injured during the course of her daily duties. While on Workers Compensation, the company deducted Sharon’s days ...

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Your Rights at Performance Meetings

8/03/2016

Industrial Officer, Jade Baker writes about Your Rights at Performance Meetings.

A regular feature of the Union’s work is providing assistance to members before, during and after performance meetings. Far too often members find themselves in...

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Member Win!

8/03/2016

A group of members from a national retailer recently contacted the union after staff members received a letter from their head office, which upon reading, they did not understand. The store Delegate contacted the SDA office on behalf of store...

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The Role of the SDA Women's Officer

18/02/2016

The role of the Women`s Officer is to help our members maintain the balance between their working life and time with their family.

While many of the issues we deal with are specific to women, we can also advise the many dads who need to know...

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A Special Thank You

18/02/2016

Clarissa Horsley writes: 

 

To whom it may concern,

I would like to cancel my SDA Newcastle Union membership. I am not sure if I am also still classified as a Union Delegate but if so then I would like to officially resign as delegate as well.

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Getting Paid For The Work You Do

18/02/2016

You have a right to be paid the correct grade:

Employees should be paid in accordance with their correct classification or “grade”.

Enterprise agreements and Modern Awards have a classification section which sets out job roles and the associated...

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