OUR RATES RE­MAIN

Melville Times - - Opinion -

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.

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