National Pharmacies is working with its pharmacists and the Professional Pharmacists Australia to negotiate a new Enterprise Agreement, a spokesperson for the group says.
“We have yet to reach a conclusion in relation to these negotiations and believe they are progressing positively. Negotiations are complex and require time to reach an agreed position.
“At this stage, it is too early to speculate on any aspect of the EA’s outcomes. This includes rates of pay.”
National Pharmacies, along with many other organisations both within and outside of the pharmacy industry, is experiencing challenging business conditions, the spokesperson says.
“The retail sector is struggling and the community pharmacy sector, in particular, is struggling.
“PBS reform and Government policy changes are reducing dispensary income. Dispensary price deflation is putting a real pressure on National Pharmacies’ ability to remain commercially viable.
“With this EA, National Pharmacies hopes to achieve essential business objectives that benefit both the organisation and our employees, including business sustainability, job security and assured career paths.
“We will continue to negotiate to reach a fair outcome for all parties to ensure our viability in an increasingly competitive market place.
“We want an outcome that is good for employees and good for the business.”