Union Members Win 15.2% Pay Deal at National Pharmacies

PPA members at National Pharmacies have voted in favour of a new pay deal that will see wages increase 10.2% from 1 July 2023. This includes 5.2% backdated to 1 July 2022 and a further 5% increase 1 July 2024.

Pharmacists have also negotiated a new and improved classification structure that recognises pharmacists’ competencies, experience, and responsibility and provides proper career pathways from interns to PICs.

The agreement will also see the introduction of a paid parental leave scheme whereby eligible employees will receive a ‘top-up’ of pay for 18 weeks between the minimum wage paid under the federal government PPL scheme and the employee’s ordinary earnings.

Members have also won several other significant improvements to their enterprise agreement, including:

  • Improved access to annual leave
  • Job share arrangement
  • Travel time allowances
  • Paid Family and Domestic Violence Leave
  • Improved Dispute Resolution Procedure
  • Union Delegate Recognition and training rights

Pharmacists did not have to give up any conditions of employment to win these changes, but these wins don't happen without hard work!

What it Took to Win

Management said NO to almost all our claims until members took collective action, including voting in favour of Protected Industrial Action. This sent a clear message to management that members were prepared to fight collectively for a decent outcome.

Everything won was because union members worked together and stood up If an EBA might be useful in your workplace, contact us at [email protected]. You’ll get the support of our expert organisers to advise you on the initial steps of the process.for what they knew was fair. This is the power of being union.

AJP NP EBA update - published 3 July 2023.