Don’t Bag Retail Staff – SDA campaign on new plastic bag bans

Single-use plastic bag bans are now in place across Queensland and Western Australia and all Coles and Woolworths stores Australia-wide. The SDA, the union for retail and fast food workers, is running a “Don’t Bag Retail Staff” campaign as part of their ongoing work to stop abusive and violent behaviour from customers towards retail and […]

Message from the CEO, Dominique Lamb: 12 June 2018

CEO Dominique Lamb

How many great ideas can you think of that ended up having disastrously unforeseen consequences? Given this week’s plastic bag ban campaign launch in Queensland with the NRA’s campaign ambassador, Origin great Mal Meninga, the introduction of cane toads to gobble cane beetles munching on sugar cane crops seems like an appropriate example! But single-use […]

“Loaded rates” of pay scrutinised

Fair Work Commission to scrutinise “loaded rates” of pay within Enterprise Agreements By Sid Sidhu, NRA Legal Following the recent win for retailers and the Federal Court’s decision to uphold the penalty rate cuts across five Modern Awards, the Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission (FWC) has invited peak union and employer groups to […]

FWC rejects SDA application for blood donor leave

By Alex Millman and Troy Wild, NRA Legal In mid-July this year, the Fair Work Commission heard an application by the Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees’ Association to include provision for paid blood donor leave in the retail, fast food, and hair and beauty awards. NRA, along with other industry groups, opposed the application, arguing […]

Beechworth Bakery EBA overturned

Written by Alex Millman and Troy Wild, NRA Legal After rigorous action by the Shop, Distributive and Applied Employees Association (SDA), bakery chain Beechworth Bakery has had the approval of its enterprise bargaining agreement in December 2016 overturned by a decision of the Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission. Throughout the approval process Deputy President […]

Message from the CEO: 4 April 2017

It certainly has been an exciting year so far in workplace relations, and there are a number of items that cannot go unnoticed and should not go unnoticed by our membership. In the last sitting week of federal parliament for March 2017, the Senate voted to block the Fair Work Commission’s decision to reduce Sunday […]

H&M enterprise agreement fails BOOT

H&M Store Enterprise Agreement failed

by Ben Desir, Workplace Advisor, NRA Legal After a lengthy application process, Swedish fashion retailer, H&M has had their proposed national enterprise agreement rejected by the Fair Work Commission (FWC) after failing to pass the Better Off Overall Test (BOOT). The agreement, which proposed to trade lower weekend and public holiday penalty rates for higher […]

Message from the CEO: 16 January 2017

Dominique Lamb CEO National Retail Association

As the excesses of Christmas and New Year make way for positive resolutions for the year ahead (eating healthily and exercising more always seem to top those lists!), we’ve continued receiving great feedback from our members on the pre-Christmas spending and Boxing Day sales periods, particularly in areas now able to trade with fewer restrictions, […]

NRA HAVE YOUR SAY: Blood & bone marrow donor leave

NRA HAVE YOUR SAY The Shop Distributive and Allied Employees’ Association (SDA) have made a claim with the Fair Work Commission (FWC), as part of the four yearly review of modern awards, for the inclusion of blood and bone marrow donor leave to be included in the following modern awards: General Retail Industry Award 2010 […]