Pharmacist pay may not adequately reflect the value of pharmacists' work nor the education required to practiceCreated by:
Professional Pharmacists Australia (PPA - pharmacists' union) has welcomed the Pharmacy Guild's (a pharmacy corporation representing pharmacy owners) support for a coherent pharmacy workforce strategy. Their change of heart is welcome news for Australian pharmacists!!! The Guild outlined concern about the low pay. It has been almost two years since PPA met with the Guild leaders in a bid to work with them to restore respect to thousands of employee pharmacists by lifting pay rates in the Pharmacy Industry Award. Whilst their shift in attitude has been some time in the making, the Guild's words must now translate into action and support for our work value case. The case in the Fair Work Commission is a practical way to repair the damage that low wages has on community pharmacy. The PPA have argued for an increase in Award rates of pay of about 30% alongside better recognition for increased workloads, training, and skill requirements. Currently, the Minimum Award Wage is $24/hour. You could potentially get higher pay working as a pharmacy technician or courier in Australia! Those working in discount pharmacy chains also get $5 less than in private pharmacies. These low rates of pay - underpinned by low rates in the Award - put downward pressure on wages across the profession, creating a widening gap between the value of pharmacists' work and what they are paid. Let's hope this shift in attitude from the Guild is a stepping stone to a better future for pharmacists' profession. Why on earth did it come to this predicament in the first place for this once respected profession is beyond me! I would like to extend this small window of positivity to other pharmacists (and health professionals) around the world. Does your country have a union to speak on behalf of the profession? It is a difficult time in Australia for Australian pharmacists, how are prospects in other countries?