Professional Pharmacies Australia delegates have reached an in-principle agreement with management to secure a new enterprise agreement, with the proposed agreement going to a vote shortly.
The key issues for members were improving redundancy entitlements, workload management, payment for ‘walk-in’ vaccinations and no reduction in penalty rates Here is what our members have achieved:
- No loss of conditions (no change to penalty rates!)
- Wage increases
1.25% increase each year of the agreement
- Vaccination payment
Pharmacists paid a higher rate of pay when performing vaccinations, including walk-ins.
- Breast feeding and baby care provision
Additional 4 weeks’ pay for employees with at least 10 years’ service
- Classification Structure:
National Pharmacies, in conjunction with PPA will review pharmacists and PIC’s classification structure over the life of the agreement, with a view that any agreed structure will be incorporated in the next enterprise agreement.
- Workload management
The introduction of a process whereby issues can be raised through to the GM -Operations and addressed.
The new agreement will also include:
- Unpaid Domestic Violence Leave;
- Right to Request Casual Conversion;
- Right to be paid overtime instead of TOIL; and
- Limitations on management to direct employees to take annual leave.
Considering the difficult climate facing community pharmacy this is a great over-all package for members and means they will continue to be amongst the best paid community pharmacist in the country.
The reason our members have better pay and conditions at National Pharmacies is because most are union members and we are willing to act collectively to achieve a fair outcome. Our collective strength means management must listen to our concerns and act
And it’s that collective strength which will help us address ongoing issues such us workload, CPD access, reviewing the classification structure or any other issue that affects members.
We would like to thank all the delegates at National Pharmacies who put in a considerable amount of time and effort to make sure members concerns were heard. Without them, this agreement would not be possible.