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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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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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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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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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...

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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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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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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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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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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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