Union puts out call for employee pharmacist witnesses


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The union for employee pharmacists has provided the Fair Work Commission with a major submission in support of lifting pay in the Pharmacy Industry Award

PPA’s submission covers the expert evidence it wishes to submit, and the findings it hopes the  Commission will make from that expert evidence.

It represents months of work by the PPA’s senior legal and industrial team.

According to its president Dr Geoff March, the work value case aims to lift pay by 30%.

He says it has the backing of union members, who “want to see the work they perform as healthcare professionals properly recognised.”

“We welcome the expert evidence put forward by the PSA, evidence that will sit alongside other expert witnesses that PPA is citing as part of the historic case. This includes evidence from health economist, Professor Philip Clarke from the University of Melbourne, and detailed research from the University of Sydney,” says Dr March.

“There are too many pharmacy owners paying their employees at low Award wage rates. The evidence shows that since 1998 there have been changes to pharmacy work is not reflected in the low Award pay rates.”

The Pharmacy Guild of Australia will now respond to PPA’s submissions, PPA says.

“In anticipation of the next stages of the case, we are gathering expressions of interest from employee pharmacists to act as ‘lay witnesses’ to provide further detail to the Fair Work Commission on why it should move to lift pay rates in the Pharmacy Industry Award.”

Dr March encouraged employee pharmacists to become one of these witnesses by contacting PPA, and to support the campaign more generally.

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