Union eyes opportunity to fight for better wages

Pharmacists have a “once-in-20-years” opportunity to reshape the profession and win “decent salaries”, Professional Pharmacists Australia believes.

Dr Geoff March (pictured), PPA president, said the combination of the Fair Work Commission’s review of the Pharmacy Industry Award 2010, and the start of negotiations for the next Community Pharmacy Agreement, gave the profession a chance to fight for pay increases for employees.

Dr March said that the 2013/14 Community and Hospital Pharmacists’ Remuneration Survey revealed that the average hourly base pay rate for employee