HPS pharmacists gain ‘big win’


HPS Services has signed a new enterprise agreement that secures “improved conditions” for its pharmacist employees, including paid parental leave for the first time

The Fair Work Commission has approved an enterprise agreement covering HPS Services pharmacy managers, pharmacists in charge and pharmacists.

It began operating on Monday 24 June and will last until 30 June 2022.

HPS and its network of HPS Approved Pharmacies employ over 600 staff and is one of Australia’s leading providers of pharmacy services to health facilities, including private hospitals, public hospitals, cancer centres, correctional facilities and veterinary clinics.

“HPS is pleased to have negotiated a mutually beneficial agreement covering over 350 pharmacists who deliver vital services to the patients they care for,” Matt Ryan, General Manager of HPS Services, told AJP.

“The agreement includes a number of new allowances, including increased paid parental leave and associated provisions. Having this agreement in place provides certainty for our pharmacists, and for HPS as we work to ensure many more patients have access to a high quality and innovative service.”

Pharmacist union PPA says by members working collectively and collaboratively with management, “we have been able to achieve some significant improvements in the terms and conditions of employment of pharmacists at HPS”.

“Paid parental leave for the first time is a big win for our members,” a PPA spokesperson tells AJP.

Employee pharmacists will now receive paid parental leave from HPS at their base rate of pay, as opposed to the standard parental leave that is paid by the government at the national minimum wage.

The full list of “improved conditions” in the agreement includes:

Paid parental and non-primary/partner leave

  • 12 weeks paid primary carer leave
  • 2 weeks paid non-primary carer / partner leave
  • Paid lactation breaks
  • HPS will provide safe refrigeration for storage of expressed milk

Workload

  • Inclusion of a Workload Management clause in the agreement to ensure employee concerns involving excessive workloads are effectively dealt with by management.
  • The establishment of a working group consisting of pharmacists, pharmacy managers and Professionals Pharmacists Australia representatives to work through workload management issues.
  • Pharmacy interns employed under the agreement will see a reduced spread of hours, which means they will not commence work before 8am Monday to Friday, and will not work after 7pm Monday to Friday.

Classification Structure

  • Advancement from 2.1 to 2.2 after an equivalent period of 12 months full time service at Level 2.1. The date of effect for this change will be the first pay period on or after 1 September 2019.

CPD

  • CPD allowance can be accumulated over 2 years
  • Allowances increased by $50 each

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