‘Overworked, underpaid, unrecognised’

A pharmacy owner has criticised pharmacist pay rates, saying female community pharmacists are being ‘ignored’

Sydney pharmacist and owner Peter Feros has slammed community pharmacy pay rates, pointing out that it is mostly women missing out.

Mr Feros, who has a financial interest in several pharmacies and medical centres, compares current pharmacist rates to those of childcare workers under Labor’s recent election promise.

“Bill Shorten has recognised the low paid workers in the child care sector where the award wage is $24.87 per hour,” he told AJP.

If the Labor Party is elected, it has promised to boost child care workers’ pay by 20%, lifting it above the pharmacist award rate.

“Compare these rates to the pharmacist intern rate of $24.04 and the pharmacist award rate of $27.19,” says Mr Feros.

The majority of both professions are female, with 62.5% of pharmacists being women.

“Female community pharmacists are being ignored again,” says Mr Feros.

“Choose pharmacy as a career and be overworked, underpaid and unrecognised.”

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