You have the right to say no to work on Boxing Day

The SDA is very disappointed the State Liberal Government has used an exemption to allow shops in suburban Adelaide to trade on Boxing Day from 9am-5pm this year.

We know this extension won’t create jobs, won’t lead to more sales but will mean retail workers will be giving up one of their only two-day breaks for the year.

Send the government a message here.

Most SDA-negotiated Agreements and this exemption say that you cannot be forced to work on Boxing Day. If you don’t want to – you have the right to refuse a shift on that day.

If you choose to work, you should receive a penalty rate of between 200%-250%.

For more specific information about your rights on public holidays, speak to your SDA Organiser or call us on 8139 1000.

Additional trading hours over Christmas
The State Government has also announced additional trading hours in the lead up to Christmas.

City and suburban shops are allowed to open until 6pm on Saturday December 22, from 9am-6pm on Sunday December 23, and from 9am-5pm on the following Sundays:

– December 2
– December 9
– December 16
– December 30

These shops may also choose to stay open until midnight on the following days:
– Thursday December 13
– Thursday December 20
– Friday December 21

If you have any questions about your rights or are feeling pressured to work on Boxing Day, please speak to your SDA Organiser or call the SDA on 8139 1000.