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Underpayments – Fair Work Ombudsman takes Coles to court for $115m

Quotes from Gerard Dwyer, National Secretary the SDA the union for retail, fast food warehouse and online retail workers This is yet another reminder that underpayments remain rife in the retail and service sectors, denying thousands of workers their legal entitlements. Too many companies have simply been getting their payroll responsibilities wrong. It is also…

House prices a nightmare – no longer the Australian dream for low paid workers

10 November 2021 Low and middle-income earners risk permanent exclusion from the housing market as a result of the warp speed increases in home prices induced by the COVID-19 pandemic. SDA National Secretary Gerard Dwyer reminded the House of Representatives housing inquiry on Wednesday that wage increases had not kept pace with housing price rises…

Increases to Casual Weekend Penalty Rates Secured for Hair & Beauty

Great news! After a long campaign, the SDA has managed to secure a casual loading on weekends for hair and beauty workers. This loading will be paid on Saturdays and Sundays for workers who are casually employed. The casual loading is paid to casual workers in lieu of entitlements such as personal leave, annual leave…

Retailers and Retail Workers call for JobKeeper 2.0 and Rent Relief

26 July 2021 Retailers and retail workers have written to Prime Minister Scott Morrison, calling for a return to job subsidies and rent relief as the protracted lockdown in NSW threatens the sector nationwide. In the letter to the PM, the Australian Retailers Association, the National Retail Association and the SDA, the union for retail…

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