Union claws back short phar­ma­cist pay

Pharmacy Daily - - NEWS -

PRO­FES­SIONAL Phar­ma­cists Aus­tralia has retrieved more than $1 mil­lion in com­pen­sa­tion on be­half of its mem­bers over the last 12 months, act­ing in court or be­fore in­dus­trial com­mis­sions, through let­ters of de­mand sent by union staff, or re­cov­er­ies by phar­ma­cists act­ing on union ad­vice.

PPA says this amount of re­cov­ery may be higher in com­ing years after laws passed in the Se­nate last month pro­vid­ing for penal­ties of up to $630,000 for em­ploy­ers who know­ingly un­der­pay staff.

Pro­fes­sion­als Aus­tralia se­nior in­dus­trial of­fi­cer Jacki Baulch said the com­mon trends in the de­fault­ing em­ploy­ers’ mis­takes in­cluded un­der­pay­ment of the award min­i­mum rate of pay, min­i­mum hourly rate of pay not be­ing in­creased to the ex­pe­ri­enced phar­ma­cist rate of pay, phar­ma­cists not re­ceiv­ing full com­pen­sa­tion for work­ing dur­ing hours that at­tract penal­ties, or phar­ma­cists not re­ceiv­ing pay­ment of al­lowances - par­tic­u­larly the load­ing for staff who were the sole phar­ma­cist on duty and un­able to take a break.

Kther fail­ures by em­ploy­ers in­cluded in­cor­rect ac­crued longser­vice or an­nual leave pay­ments upon res­ig­na­tion, or fail­ure to pay re­dun­dancy en­ti­tle­ments or cor­rect com­pen­sa­tion for un­fair dis­missal cases, Baulch said.

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