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Oct 2017

SDA vows to continue fight to protect penalty rates after Federal Court decision

The SDA has vowed to continue the fight to protect penalty rates for over 700,000 retail and fast food workers despite a Federal Court ruling upholding the Fair Work Commission decision that slashed Sunday and public holiday pay rates.   The SDA and United Voice had argued that the Fair Work Commission decision had not considered, and acted within, the

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10
Oct 2017

Penalty rates appeal: Our workplace laws are broken. We need to Change to Rules to protect your pay.

The SDA and United Voice appealed the Fair Work Commission’s decision to cut penalty rates for retail, fast food, hospitality and pharmacy workers through a judicial review in the Federal Court. Both unions put up a strong fight to reverse Sunday and public holiday penalty rate cuts but unfortunately, the Federal Court did not rule in our favour. The SDA

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4
Oct 2017

SDA welcomes Senate Inquiry call to restore penalty rates for 700,000 workers

The SDA has welcomed the Senate Committee Inquiry Report which calls for Sunday and public holiday penalty rates to be restored for 700,000 workers who received the first of several cuts to their take home pay on July 1 this year. SDA National Secretary Gerard Dwyer said the Report, tabled by the Senate Education and Employment Committee today also made some important observations on

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26
Sep 2017

Federal Court review of penalty rate cuts for 700,000 workers starts today

The Federal Court judicial review of the Fair Work Commission’s decision to cut to penalty rates for 700,000 retail and hospitality workers has commenced today after a joint application by the SDA and United Voice. The SDA launched the legal action in response to the penalty rates cuts, backed by the Turnbull Government which will leave retail workers between $2,000

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15
Sep 2017

SDA secures draft new Agreement for Coles employees

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:       Protect take-home pay       Improve penalty rates       Secure hard-won conditions       Ensure pay rises for everyone The negotiations with the Company, which

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