The Fair Work Commission provisionally rejected our work-value claim to increase the pharmacy award rate late last year.
It takes between 5-6 years to become a fully qualified pharmacist! After study, responsibilities include HMRs, RMMRs, inoculations and emergency contraception to mention but a few.
The basis of the claim is greater demand on the skills of pharmacists.
You spend years to train as health professionals. Your wages should reflect your years of study and range of responsibility.
The current rules will not recognise a pharmacist’s full scope of practice. The FWC provisional ruling is proof of that.
“Pay has not increased to reflect the change in [a pharmacist’s] job. It’s extraordinary that the system has ignored that fundamental reality,” said Chris Walton, CEO Professionals Australia.
Awards rates have been stripped bare. Profits go straight to employers. Penalty rates have been cut. Pay rises are non-existent.
For pharmacists, the current system is going backwards.
We need to end the competition’ to have the lowest wage cost. We must push for industry-wide bargaining.
Under the current system, rogue employers gain an unfair advantage by underpaying workers.
“Pharmacists need to take matters into their own hands. If you need an argument for sector-wide bargaining,” Dr Geoff March, President, PPA.
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