Two weeks ago, our members at Epic Pharmacy began partial work bans in their fight for better wages and conditions in their workplace.
In response, Epic Management chose to withhold our members’ pay.
The Fair Work Commission defines partial works bans as “industrial action that falls short of a total stoppage of work… for instance a work ban that is limited to a refusal by teachers to mark homework could be considered a partial work ban.”
“We have told the Fair Work Commission that Epic has deducted pay for the full dispensing process. The work bans in this protected action only relate to the financial aspect of the dispensing process,” said Jacki Baulch, Principal Industrial Officer, Professional Pharmacists Australia.
We expect to begin hearings at the Commission within the next fortnight.
The excessive deductions were move by Epic to force our members to back down vote “Yes”on their proposed enterprise agreement. If agreed to, some pharmacists and technicians would face pay pay cuts of up to $14,500 a year.
Professional Pharmacists Australia opposed this agreement and encourage our members to vote “No”.
“Not only will pay be compromised, this agreement would see an increase in already unsafe workloads which compromises patient safety,” said Jacki.
We look forward to recommencing negotiations to achieve a satisfactory outcome.