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Your workplace agreement…

SDA Membership…
Don’t go to work without it

The SDA is Australia’s largest employees’ association with over 200 000 members in retail, fast food and retail distribution. The SDA’s success means bigger and better wage rises and greater protection for you at work.

What the SDA does for you…

The SDA negotiates regular pay rises for you – and we make sure you receive your correct pay and all of your entitlements. If things go wrong at work, our skilled SDA union reps and legal team are on your side.
No problem is too big or too small to bring to our attention. We’re happy to hear from you, even if it’s only for a bit of advice or support.

The SDA gives you protection and advice on:

  • Bullying
  • Harassment
  • Discrimination
  • Victimisation
  • Incorrect Wages
  • Rostering
  • OH&S
  • Rest Breaks
  • Pregnancy and or Parental leave entitlements
  • Workers Compensation

The SDA sits down with your employer and negotiates the best possible wages and conditions. We’re happy to do all of the hard work for you and to advocate on your behalf when it comes to wages and industrial and workers’ compensation issues. The SDA’s strength in negotiating wages and conditions with your employer guarantees you:

  • Regular wage rises
  • Rostering provisions
  • Annual and personal leave entitlements
  • Public holidays
  • Meal breaks
  • Penalty loadings

Every worker has the right to join a Union. Union membership is important for all workers, especially young workers.

It is against the law for an employer to stop you from joining a union.

The SDA has every aspect of retail employment covered.

The are dedicated delegates on the shop floor, ordinary workers with a wealth of experience and a real commitment to make sure their fellow workers are ok.

Then there’s the specially trained union representaives allocated to specific stores. These people know how stressful work programs can be, big or small, and they listen to what is happening in the workplace. They can offer sound advice and are supported by the huge resources of the SDA, all of which are geared to help members.

What if I change my mind

If you join the SDA then change your mind or late decide you don’t want to be a member, you can resign in writing. We require your signature to cease all deductions through your payroll.

A member can leave the SDA at any time – there are no withdrawal fees. But remember, we can only assist our members so it pays to belong.