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!
Joining the union is the next best thing to having a guardian angel by your side and you can count on that!!
Free advice, assistance when required, negotiators improving my working conditions, discount vouchers and competitions - why wouldnt you be a member??
I think the question should be this: Why should somebody not join the SDA? That list would be short.
Why join the SDA?
The SDA is a friend at work you can’t afford to be without. It’s a sad fact that you won’t always be treated well at work, but the SDA gives you peace of mind in good times and in bad.
We’ll make sure you get paid for all the time you work and negotiate pay rises on your behalf with your boss. The SDA’s expert team and this website give you exclusive advice on everything from pay rises and rosters to overtime and annual leave.
And there is our amazing discounts, cheap movie tickets, scholarships and competitions. So join now and you can leave all the hard work to us.
What does it cost to be a member?
To ensure you have the services you deserve, all members contribute union fees. SDA fees are calculated on the time you work – the less you work, the less you pay. SDA fees are fully tax deductible because your union is a not-for-profit organisation.
|Membership Fees as at 1 January 2016|
|Less than 10 hours a week||$ 3.95|
|10 hours or more but less than 20 hours per week||$ 6.80|
|20 hours or more a week||$ 9.50|
Get Access to the exclusive online members’ area
When it comes to your rights at work, just remember SDAWA.ASN.AU. This new website is designed to bring you all the information you need, such as pay rates and a list of your entitlements. All at the click of a button.
Industry wide advocacy and campaigns
The SDA is front and centre when it comes to your rights at work. Whether there are problems at the local shopping centre or changes to legislation which will affect you, the SDA is on deck.
Shop floor representation
If you belong to the SDA, you’re never alone at work. You have exclusive access to your:
- SDA workplace Delegate who works right alongside you. SDA Delegates are ordinary workers just like you who are prepared to go that extra mile to help their fellow workers.
- Skilled SDA Union Reps who visit stores regularly and also offer great advice. They can often fix small problems or misunderstandings before they grow into major disputes.
- Experienced industrial advocates and industrial lawyers who are on hand to deal with more serious problems.
Always contact the SDA early if you have a problem.
Scholarships and competitions
The SDA puts a bit of fun back into life with its fantastic competitions. Keep an eye on this website for our latest competition. You can always enter online through the Members’ Area!
Every year, the SDA gives away a thousand $100 Education Scholarships to its members and their children. All members of the SDA who are students at any level of study may apply and also parents who are members of the SDA may nominate a dependent child who is a student at any level of study.
If you’re under 18, you should know
It’s a sad fact: young people are more vulnerable at work and are almost twice as likely to be injured at work as adults.
The SDA protects young workers - we make sure you get paid correctly and get regular pay rises.
What if I change my mind?
If you join the SDA then change your mind or later decide you don’t want to be a member, you can resign in writing. By resigning and telling your employer to stop deducting Union fees your membership of the SDA ceases.
A member can leave the SDA at any time - there are no withdrawal fees.
If you, or your parents, have any queries please call us on 1300 ASKSDA (1300 275 732) and we’ll answer all your questions. We’re happy to hear from you.