Biographies

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Gerard Dwyer

National Secretary-Treasurer

Gerard Dwyer is the National Secretary-Treasurer of the Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees’ Association. Gerard was the Secretary-Treasurer of the SDA-NSW Branch (2005-2014), National President of the Union (2008-2014) and SDA National Secretary since 2014.

Gerard grew up in regional NSW and moved to Sydney at the age of 18 to pursue tertiary studies. He has a Bachelor of Education (History and English (1989)), a Masters of Business in Employment Relations (UTS, 2002), and is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Gerard’s working life has seen him employed as a shop assistant, classroom teacher, social worker and as a Trade Union Official for over 20 years.

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Julia Fox

National Assistant Secretary

Julia Fox is the National Assistant Secretary of the SDA, the Union for workers in retail, fast food and warehousing.

Julia has represented workers for over two decades, starting out as an Organiser for the Victorian Branch of the SDA in 1994 before joining the National Office as an Industrial Officer in 2001.

Having completed her Masters of Law while raising a young family, Julia has advocated for better pay, conditions and protections for thousands of workers in some of Australia’s largest retail and fast food companies.

Throughout her years in the union movement Julia has upheld a strong commitment to addressing the issues women face at work including equal pay, superannuation and sexual harassment.