A new agreement

National Pharmacies and PPA have reached an in-principle agreement which will see employees offered domestic violence leave and the right to request casual conversion

PPA has announced that its delegates have reached the agreement with the group’s management to secure a new enterprise agreement. The proposed agreement is set to be voted upon in the near future.

“The key issues for members were improving redundancy entitlements, workload management, payment for ‘walk-in’ vaccinations and no reduction in penalty rates,” PPA says.

The agreement includes that there be no loss of conditions – including no change to penalty rates.

It includes a 1.25% wage increase for each year of the agreement, as well as a higher rate of pay for pharmacists who perform vaccinations, including walk-ins.

The agreement will provide breastfeeding and baby care provision, an additional four weeks’ pay for pharmacists with at least 10 years’ service who are made redundant, and a workload management strategy which will see issues raised through to the GM-Operations and addressed.

National Pharmacies, in conjunction with PPA, will review pharmacists’ and pharmacists-in-charge’s classification structure over the life of the agreement, with a view that any agreed structure will be incorporated in the next enterprise agreement.

The new agreement will also include unpaid domestic violence leave; the right to request casual conversion; the right to be paid overtime instead of time off in lieu; 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,” said PPA.

Earlier this year the union’s report into pay and conditions found that National Pharmacies pharmacists reported the highest median hourly rates of pay.

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