Guild delighted by cuts to penalty rates

The Pharmacy Guild is an avid supporter of this week’s cut to Sunday and public holiday penalty rates.

It told the Fair Work Commission that a cut would enable pharmacies to extend their opening hours.

While this was accepted, the commission rejected as “conjecture” the Guild’s claims that the cuts would result in lower health care costs.

The commission proposed that:

  • The Sunday rate for permanent staff will drop 50 percentage points to 150%, with public holiday rates down to 225% from 250%; and
  • Casual staff rates fall from 225% to 175% on Sundays and from 275% to 250% on holidays.

The public holiday rate change will be implemented from July 2017. However, the Sunday penalty rate changes are likely to be phased in over two to five years in order to avoid sudden changes to employees’ take home pay.