National Pharmacies has said in a media statement that it regrets any inconvenience to any of its members and customers resulting from today’s strike action, which saw some stores in the group closed for an hour this morning.
“National Pharmacies operates in a competitive and uncertain marketplace that includes changes to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme and other Federal Government reforms in a tough competitive retail market,” the group says.
“National Pharmacies is negotiating with the union for a new enterprise agreement that takes reasonable and responsible steps to adjust to the changing pharmacy industry.
“National Pharmacies will continue to operate and provide services and benefits as a premium pharmacy organisation.
“This includes our pharmacists’ terms and conditions, which generally are significantly better than their industry peers. The terms and conditions that National Pharmacies wants to finalise will maintain that overall position.
“National Pharmacies is committed to negotiating in good faith to reach an outcome that is fair, equitable and sustainable for everyone, including all of its valued and respected pharmacists.
“National Pharmacies thanks its members and customers for their patience and understanding.”