Media release – Thursday 1 December 2016
SDA Victory as Easter Sunday Becomes Public Holiday
The SDA, the union for workers in retail, fast food and warehousing, has claimed victory overnight with Easter Sunday being legislated as a public holiday in Queensland.
SDA Queensland Secretary, Chris Gazenbeek, was elated with the result which he said will positively impact upon the families of his members.
“Easter is an important time of year for our members who wish to be spending it with family and friends.
“It is pleasing that the Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, has stuck by her commitment to continue to support working families. We also want to acknowledge the support provided by the Katter’s Australian Party in recognising the significance of Easter Sunday.
“We surveyed our members, surveyed the general public and strongly lobbied the government.
“Members told us that Easter Sunday is a very significant day in our calendar. This is fantastic news for SDA members as we can now enjoy Easter Sunday just like many other Queenslanders”, said Chris.
This is the first public holiday legislated in Queensland since the 1920’s.
The SDA is Australia’s largest union, representing over 215,000 workers in industries such as retail, fast food and warehousing.
Media contact: Chris Gazenbeek 07 3833 9500 or Alison Brearley on 0418 781 524.