Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees Association

Shop, Distributive And Allied Employees Association

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The Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees' Association (SDA) is the largest trade union in Australia with more than 230,000 members and branches in every state and one in the Newcastle, Hunter Valley and Central Coast region. The SDA is the union for retail and fast-food workers, but does have other areas of coverage. The SDA is a 'full service' union and provides a range additional benefits to members in addition to workplace and industrial protection.

The union has a long history of being part of the Moderate branch of the labour movement. The current National Secretary is Joe de Bruyn and the National President is Gerard Dwyer.

Brief history

In 1908, unions representing retail workers in New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria and South Australia combined to become the Shop Assistants and Warehouse Employees Federation. Over time, unions in Tasmania, Newcastle and Western Australia became part of the national union.

In 1972, the union changed its name to the Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees Association.


The main categories of workers covered by the SDA are retail shop assistants and fast food workers but the SDA also covers:
  • Reserve and Backdock Employees
  • Pharmacy
  • General Distribution and Warehousing
  • Pharmaceutical Drug Manufacturing and Distribution
  • Cosmetic Manufacturing and Distribution
  • Van Sales
  • Photographic Industry
  • Modelling and Mannequin
  • Motor Vehicle Sales
  • Shoe......
  • ...

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