OUR RATES REMAIN
AS a community pharmacy owner and employer of 20 staff, the Fair Work Commission decision on penalty rates could have provided us with some respite in such competitive times.
Gerald Burns Pharmacy has had extended opening hours for decades. We understand that our patients can’t plan to be sick and require access to a highly skilled health professional outside of business hours too.
In fact, weekend work requires more skill as we don’t have the luxury of contacting a GP, there are more primary care consultations, stock unavailability issues and referrals to after-hours surgeries.
Before I was a proprietor, I relied on penalty rates to subsidise childcare costs and my education. I remember how important this was to our family income and what was sacrificed by working.
I will not be reducing our penalty rates after July 2017. For me, it is far more important that our patients see a familiar face who is engaged, willing to help and feeling valued in the work they’re doing. AMANDA BRYCE, Proprietor, Gerald Burns Pharmacy.