Negotiations have commenced for a new technicians’ enterprise agreement at HPS Pharmacies.
Technicians play a vital role in supporting pharmacists deliver high quality health outcomes, and that’s why it is so important they are appropriately paid, trained and supported.
This is an important opportunity to come together as a group of technicians at HPS to talk about the issues and negotiate steps to address them.
The key issues technicians want addressed in this round of bargaining are:
- Improved wages
- Better recognition for the work technicians performs
- Manageable workloads
- Inclusion of family friendly provisions and
- Improved training and development
These issues formed the basis of our log of claims which includes:
- 3.5% wage increase each year
- New classification structure that appropriately recognises technicians’ qualifications, competencies and experience
- Requirements to addresses workload management issues
- 12 weeks paid parental leave and 2 weeks non-primary carers leave
- Paid family and domestic violence leave
- Financial assistant of up to 50% of course fees for tertiary study
A number of these claims were fought for and won by pharmacists in their negotiations with HPS, and that’s why technicians are joining PPA and standing up so they can achieve a good outcome too.
Enterprise bargaining is the best way for pharmacists and technicians to improve their working lives. If you would like to know more about how to bargain collectively in your workplace contact us today.
If you are not yet a member, join the union for pharmacy employees