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Aug 2015

Penalty rates cut would devastate regional economies: research

Regional Australia would take an economic hit of up to $1.55 billion every year if penalty rates are scrapped, research released by two of Australia’s largest union today has found. The research conducted by the McKell Institute reveals that retail and hospitality workers in rural Australia would lose between $370 million and $1.55 billion each year. The economic modelling shows

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5
Aug 2015

Polish Government to award Joe de Bruyn top honour

Joe de Bruyn, the SDA’s former National Secretary, will receive a high award from the President of the Republic of Poland at a ceremony in Melbourne on Thursday, 6 August. Mr de Bruyn will be awarded one of Poland’s highest honours – the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Polish Republic – by the Consul General, Republic

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4
Aug 2015

Productivity Commission recommends creating second-class workforce

A second-class workforce would be created if the Productivity Commission recommendation to create a two-tiered penalty rates system is adopted by the Federal Government. The Federal Government’s Productivity Commission initial report, released today, recommends cutting penalty rates for workers in ‘non-skilled or semi-skilled’ industries such as retail, fast food and hospitality. Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees’ Association National Secretary, Gerard

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27
Jul 2015

Myer job axing a major blow to workers

Today’s revelations that Myer is cutting jobs from a number of stores across the country and slashing employees’ hours is a devastating blow to workers. Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees’ Association National Secretary, Gerard Dwyer, said the iconic Australian retailer’s decision to slash its staff and cut remaining part-time workers’ hours by up to 20% will have a devastating impact

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1
Jul 2015

STATEMENT FROM SDA NATIONAL SECRETARY GERARD DWYER RE PETER STRONG’S PRESS CLUB ADDRESS

Today’s attack on the SDA by the Council of Small Business of Australia betrays a fundamental misunderstanding of the nature of industrial relations in the retail sector. SDA National Secretary Gerard Dwyer said the thrust of Peter Strong’s attack appears to be that the SDA is colluding with major retailers to lock small operations out of the industry by negotiating

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