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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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11
Sep 2014

Retailers’ attempt to rob young workers of pay defeated

A peak retail employers’ representative body has again failed in its attempt to deny 20-year-old workers increases in pay first awarded by the Fair Work Commission in March this year, with the Court today ruling in favour of retail workers.   The Full Federal Court today dismissed the National Retailers Association’s second attempt to stop 20-year-old workers being paid the

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21
Mar 2014

FWC rules in favour of younger workers

The Fair Work Commission has today recognised the inequity of paying younger workers less than the full adult rate, ruling in favour of paying 20 year old retail workers 100 per cent pay. The case in the Commission, brought by the Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees Association (SDA) on behalf of younger workers, looked at paying 20 year old workers

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Sep 2013

SDA BEGINS MASSIVE DEFENCE OF PENALTY RATES AND OVERTIME

The Shop Distributive and Allied Employees’ (SDA) Union has lodged its submissions in reply to twelve employer applications which seek to remove or reduce more than twenty-five penalty and overtime entitlements for retail, fast food and hairdressing employees, as part of the two year review of Modern Awards.   National Secretary Joe de Bruyn said today that this was just

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Jul 2013

Younger workers ramp up campaign for full pay as FWC case gets underway

More than 41,000 younger retail workers across the country could receive pay increases of almost $2 an hour, if the campaign for 100% pay for 18-20 year old workers beginning in the Fair Work Commission today is successful.   The landmark Fair Work Commission hearing into altering the General Retail Award to ensure 20-year-old retail workers are paid the full

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