Thousands of Australian pharmacists will have thousands of dollars stripped from their pay under a plan that the Pharmacy Guild has chosen to keep secret.
Despite being given two chances by the Australian Senate to provide a submission to their current inquiry into penalty rates, no submission has been listed on the inquiry’s website to date, despite a pledge by the Guild to do so.
More than 510 organisations and individuals have had their say with their submissions publicly available, including APESMA.
No submission by the Pharmacy Guild is listed on the Senate inquiry into penalty rates. You can see all 510 submissions, including APESMA’s by clicking here.
CEO of APESMA Chris Walton said he had called on the Pharmacy Guild to release their plan to cut pharmacist pay when they failed to lodge their submission by the original cut-off date.
“The only organisation that is standing up for pharmacists’ pay is APESMA,” Mr Walton said.
After failing to put in their penalty rates submission by the first deadline the Pharmacy Guild committed to doing so by 9 October saying they:
“will make a submission to the Senate Inquiry, in line with other publicly available submissions they have made on the same issue”. – Pharmacy Guild spokesperson, 28 September 2012
Since then the Pharmacy Guild has either refused to put in a submission or they have decided to keep their submission secret from pharmacists.
Mr Walton said this wasn’t the first time the Pharmacy Guild had tried to cut pharmacists wages by reducing penalty rates. Three years ago they released a detailed submission revealing the future of pharmacist pay under the Guild’s plans.
“If the Pharmacy Guild gets its way thousands of pharmacists would lose thousands of dollars every year,” Mr Walton said.
APESMA’s analysis of the Guild’s new rates of pay shows how typical Australian pharmacists would have their pay slashed:
1. Kathy is an experienced pharmacist working in Brisbane. In addition to her normal weekday hours she has picked up a Saturday shift to help her pay off her new car loan more quickly. She currently works from 1pm to 6pm on Saturdays earning an extra $156 per week. Under the Guild’s plan Kathy’s annual wage would be cut by at least $1,632
2. Simon is a first year intern who made his first step into a pharmacy career at an Adelaide pharmacy. He’s just working on Sundays from 9am to 5pm at one particular pharmacy where he’s earning $313 per week. Under the Guild’s plan Simon’s annual wage would be cut by at least $4,076
3. Greg is a pharmacist living in Melbourne who has picked up a shift working from 6pm to 9pm Monday to Friday while he studies his masters. Currently he earns $471 per week for this shift. Under the Guild’s plan Greg’s annual wage would be cut by at least $8,164
4. Erica is a pharmacist who works at a Geelong Pharmacy from 9am to 5pm Tuesday to Saturday. Currently she earns $1055 per week for this shift. Under the Guild’s plan Erica’s annual wage would be cut by at least $2,612
If the Pharmacy Guild disputes these figures they need to reveal their plans and state what they believe their penalty rate cuts will do to the pay of pharmacists like these.
Mr Walton said pharmacists were already penalised by a proven culture of underpayments revealed by the Fair Work Ombudsman in Queensland and didn’t need their pay to be cut even further by the Pharmacy Guild.
APESMA members can find out what the Guild’s plan would mean for you by calling APESMA on 1300 273 762.