Poll: How will cuts to penalty rates affect you?

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The pharmacists’ union, Professional Pharmacists Australia, has slammed the Fair Work Commission’s decision on Thursday that it would slash penalty rates.

Sunday rates for full-time workers have been reduced from double-time to time-and-a-half, while for casual workers rates have been cut from double-time to time-and-three-quarters.

Meanwhile the Pharmacy Guild, which lobbied to have penalty rates cut, says the decision is “reasonable, balanced and evidence-based”.

“It has never been in anyone’s interest for pharmacies to be unable to open on Sundays or public holidays,” said a spokesperson for the Guild.

“This decision will help pharmacies to meet community expectations that they will be able to access vital health services seven days a week.”

The PSA has urged pharmacy owners to continue paying their employee pharmacists above award rates.

“PSA acknowledges the many community pharmacy owners around Australia who pay their pharmacists and staff well above award rates, even under the current difficult financial climate,” PSA National President Joe Demarte says.

“We hope that this ruling by the Fair Work Commission will not impact this.

“It must be remembered that community pharmacies are not like other retail settings. Pharmacists are health professionals and their contribution needs to be recognised and remunerated in a different way to that of other retail workers,” Mr Demarte says.

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