The numbers are in


How much does the Pharmacy Guild chief take home… and how does this compare to other industry heads?

The Australian has reported on the take-home remuneration of a number of leaders of registered organisations, from the Pharmacy Guild to the CFMEU.

Documents lodged with the Registered Organisations Commission show that George Tambassis, the national president of the Pharmacy Guild, took home $394,720 in the financial year to 2020.

As well as this sum he also received $11,716 worth of non-cash benefits, which were listed as “Costs of spouse to attend conference (flights, accommodation, meals); vehicle toll charges; car wash charges; recreation (in-room movies)”.

This is a small relative jump of $6,789 from Mr Tambassis’ 2019 declared relevant remuneration, which was listed at $387,931.

The documents also break down remuneration for the Guild’s national vice president/national councillors.

In the financial year to 2020, Trent Twomey received $222,261; John Dowling $218,009; Nick Panayiaris $174,498; and Terry Battalis $51,105.

None of these received non-cash benefits from the organisation.

The Australian also notes that United Firefighters Union secretary Peter Marshall is Australia’s highest paid union leader, receiving $470,280 in the last financial year – an increase of $51,000 on the previous year and “well over double” received by ACTU secretary Sally McManus.

“The highest individual annual remuneration disclosed to the Registered Organisations Commission was by former Victorian Chamber of Commerce and ­Industry chief Mark Stone, who was paid $506,366 in the 2019-20 financial year, having left the position at the end of 2019,” the paper notes.

Most of the organisations it lists are unions, though the paper also reports that Suresh Manickam, chief executive of the National Electrical and Communications Association ­received $260,577.

As for the state and territory Guild presidents, ROC documents show that Simon Blacker (ACT) took home $35,383; John Dowling (Tas) 32,427.98; Anthony Tassone (Vic) $167,070; David Heffernan (NSW, president from 19 October 2019) $158, 883; Trent Twomey (Qld) $150,585; Nick Panayiaris (SA) $79,733; and Andrew Ngeow (WA) $115,463.

The Northern Territory branch – like the employee pharmacists’ union, APESMA – listed a nil payment disclosure.

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