Being a member of the SDA is important because I'm not good at speaking up so I need assitance to help negotiate on my behalf.
When people join together and be part of the union we are helping each other have support and rules for work, I dont want to be the one standing alone!
I call the union for handling problems if I ever have any in my workplace, they always respond in a fast and timely manner to help resolve them!
With the upcoming EBA negotiations it's great to have someone pushing our company for better conditions in my workplace.
The History of the SDA
The SDA has looked after the rights of retail workers for more than 100 years.
As a result of the union’s hard work and dedication since 1908, SDA members are among the highest paid retail workers in the world today.
Australia’s most successful union
No wonder the SDA is Australia’s most successful union with more than 220,000 members in retail, fast food and retail distribution.
The SDA has stood side by side with the nation’s retail worker as the industry revolutionized into its modern-day form, having endured historical events from the Great Depression to World Wars and then transformed in the 60s with the advent of American-style shopping centres and multinational companies.
Improving your rights at work
Throughout the years, the union has won fantastic improvements for retail workers including the five-day week, the 38 hour week, equal pay for women and one of the greatest achievements of all – superannuation for retail workers.
The SDA is a key player when it comes to paid maternity leave and occupational health and safety issues and is always at the forefront of protecting workers from unfair dismissal, termination and redundancy. The SDA was at the forefront of the campaign against John Howard’s Workchoices which undermined the rights of ordinary Australian workers.
With such an emphasis on the rights of its members, it’s no wonder the SDA continues to grow and prosper today. Your union is still ready to be front and centre if the right to a “fair go” for any of its members is challenged.