Union slams Epic offer


The employee pharmacists’ union has accused Epic Pharmacy of “blatantly” ignoring its efforts during enterprise bargaining

Professional Pharmacists Australia (PPA) says that in June, a majority of Epic Hospital Pharmacy staff completed a union survey which “left Epic management no choice but to bargain with PPA for a new enterprise agreement”.

Prior to this, workers had been on individual contracts.

Since July 2018, union delegates have met with Epic management five times and a new draft agreement has been prepared, PPA says.

“After delaying negotiations for over six months, Epic have blatantly ignored all our efforts at the bargaining table and revealed this ‘offer’ in their proposal,” says PPA.

According to PPA, this offer includes cutting paid maternity leave to “zero”; cutting long service leave back from 13 weeks to the legal minimum of 8.6 weeks; and cutting call-back pay from three hours to two hours.

PPA says the offer also includes cutting “all training and development pay, including study leave” as well as cutting early and night penalties by changing ordinary hours of work to 7am-12am.

PPA alleges that Epic has “refused to fix unpaid overtime”; “refused to fix increased workloads”; “refused to enshrine your salary packaging compensation in your agreement – meaning they can change it whenever they want”; and “refused to enshrine domestic violence leave in the agreement”.

“Epic want to cut wages and conditions to the bare minimum,” says PPA.

The union alleges that Epic management “fails to acknowledge the seriousness of the negotiation process”.

“They fail to provide any meaningful information at the negotiation table, which is causing delays to the process whilst pharmacist and technician wages remain stagnant,” it says.

AJP has contacted Epic Pharmacy for comment.

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4 Comments

  1. Gavin Mingay
    15/12/2018

    People accept the terrible wages, and if they don’t, some other poor desperate young pharmacist will accept terrible wages and conditions because they need to keep their family fed.
    It wont be long now and we will have gone from the glut of pharmacists back to being in desperate need of them, because so many are leaving the profession for something more attractive.

  2. Red Pill
    16/12/2018

    Just for perspective, here’s some average hourly wages (Pro-tip: Only ONE needs a 4-year university degree, self-funded continuing education, and a compulsory internship program)
    Pharmacist: $28-$34 / hr
    Gardener: $24-$34 / hr
    Bus driver: $25-$32 / hr
    Panel beater: $25-$36 / hr
    Cabinet maker: $25-$31 / hr
    Handyman: $24-$45 / hr
    Massage therapist: $26-$49 / hr
    Medical Secretary: $27-$32 / hr
    Office Administrator: $25-$38 / hr
    Event Coordinator: $25-$32 / hr

    • Red Pill
      16/12/2018

      And now, here’s some average wages for jobs that do require a 4-year university degree:
      English as a Second Language (ESL) Teacher: $40-$51 / hr
      Insurance Broker: $31-$54 / hr
      Project Engineer: $41-$62 / hr
      Financial Analyst: $36-$52 / hr
      Financial Planner: $36-$52 / hr
      Accountant: $35-$50 / hr
      Optometrist: $43-$58 / hr
      Quality Assurance / Quality Control Inspector: $30-$50 / hr

      • Red Pill
        16/12/2018

        So, now with all this information available to you, you need to decide whether you are remunerated fairly for the level of training & expertise you have put yourself through. And if the answer is a big NO! then you either need to retrain for something better or just do the easier jobs listed above that need little to no training and will probably be paying you far better in the long run. And don’t ever forget: PGA & co still believe you are earning too much!

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