COVID-19: What the SDA has been calling for

We know it’s an incredibly tough time for many of you – especially retail workers. Our industries and your work are facing unprecedented challenges.

Rest assured, we are doing everything we can to support and protect you and your jobs.

Today, I wrote an open letter to all South Australians in the Adelaide Advertiser urging them to be patient, kind and thankful for all the amazing work you’re doing right now. Check out our ad here.

Along with this, we’re calling for:

10 Health and Safety Measures
We’re calling on all retailers to adopt our 10 Health and Safety Measures to keep you safe at work. Read them here. 

Paid Self Isolation Leave
All employers to make sure that every worker – casual and permanent – has access to paid leave if they are forced to self-isolate or contract the virus. Support this campaign by signing our petition here.

Lockdown pay for essential workers
If a full lockdown does occur, we know that many retail workers – including those at supermarkets, pharmacies, petrol stations and convenience stores – will be deemed essential.

If this happens, we believe you should be appropriately rewarded for continuing to work in these circumstances.

That’s why we’re calling for a $5 per hour increase for all workers who are deemed essential.

Right to return to work
Many other areas of retail have seen a large decrease in demand. Workers have lost hours and many stores are starting to close.

While we welcome the Federal Government’s decision to increase and make more quickly available the job seeker payment, we think more could be done to protect your wages.

If stood down, we are also demanding that workers have the right to return to their previous jobs as soon as possible.

Retail Rescue Industry Package
At the same time, other retailers and workers are facing enormous pressure as a result of COVID-19 and that it is likely many workers will be stood down or will lose hours.

To combat this, the SDA and the Australian Retailers Association have called on the Federal Government to introduce a multi-billion dollar Retail Industry Rescue Package to protect the industry and your jobs.

Read more about what we’re calling for here.

It’s important to remember that in these difficult circumstances, we’re here with you every step of the way. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to call us on 81391000 or email

Thank you for all of your incredible efforts and hard work so far.