Professional Pharmacists Australia (PPA) would like to congratulate the Victorian ALP on its victory in last weekend’s election.
As an election promise, the incumbent Labor government pledged up to ten years jail time for the most serious offenders saying Victoria will become the first Australian jurisdiction to criminalise wage theft.
Wage theft comes in many forms including:
- No written contract
- Employment as an ‘independent contract’ but treated like a regular employee
- Aren’t given superannuation, sick leave or annual leave?
- Having to reimburse your employers after you’ve been paid?
- Payslips that DO NOT show your super and/or tax?
- Do you feel entitled to unpaid penalty rates?
In many Australian corporations and businesses, wage theft is running rampant.
Speaking to The Age in May, Mr Andrews said:
“Every worker has the right to get a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work … the simple fact is underpaying workers is theft and it’s time it’s treated like that in our laws.”
On average, PPA typically receives one or two requests for assistance recovering payments every week. Last year alone, we recovered a total of $1.2 million in lost wages. Our experience indicates that many pharmacists have been intimidated out of pursuing these claims. Hence this figure is so high.
Making wage theft a crime and speeding up court processes for enforcement will help us stamp out the practice of ripping off pharmacists.
PPA encourage our members to remain vigilant about their wages and conditions and recommend pharmacists have their terms and conditions of employment confirmed in writing by their employer prior to starting work.
PPA would once again like to congratulate the Victorian ALP on their re-election and are looking forward to stamping out dodgy employers who steal pharmacists’ wages.