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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Delegate of the Month - Danae

13/09/2016

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.

 

Why did you ...

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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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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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Delegate of the Month - Jenna Schofield

11/07/2016

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 wanted to ...

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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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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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Delegate of the Month – Lee Mills

17/05/2016

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 you become ...

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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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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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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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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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