Fee adjustment to meet future challenges

June 20, 2017 News

Arising from a decision of the SDA’s National Executive, there has been a modest adjustment in union fees.
Like any other organisation, our operational costs have risen over recent years as we strive to continue providing professional union representation and achieving excellent results for our members.

Some of this work has included:

  • Defending members’ penalty rates and loadings from the incessant attacks by employers and conservative politiciansRepresenting members both individually and collectively in various industrial tribunals and courts
  • Lobbying and preparing submissions on industrial relations legislation
  • Negotiating and re-negotiating over 100 Enterprise Agreements
  • Serving 33,000 members across some 2,000 sites throughout Queensland
  • Offering an increasing range of services, benefits and discounts to SDA members
  • Producing a wide range of publications including the SDA News, company and site-specific bulletins
  • Lobbying Federal and State Governments over issues such as paid parental leave and Easter Sunday becoming a public holiday
  • Lobbying governments on matters that impact our members and their families
  • Funding workers’ compensation legal costs for members

The SDA is confident that our new fees will allow us to operate in a challenging industrial relations environment and will enable us to continue to function on a sound financial basis.

The new membership fees, operative from 1 July 2017 are:
Working 0 hours per week $0.00
Working under 10 hours per week (no change) $3.95
Working 10 hours or more but less than 20 hours per week $7.00
Working 20 hours or more per week $9.80

Casual employees do not pay any fees in those weeks they work no hours.

Members are reminded that union fees are tax deductible.