PPA lodges legal action against National Pharmacies

Professional Pharmacists Australia (PPA) has lodged legal action against National Pharmacies for unfairly dismissing a long-serving employee pharmacist. This matter will now proceed to arbitration at the Fair Work Commission. We will not allow our members to be treated badly and dismissed unfairly for what we consider to be unjust and unfair treatment.

Why are we taking legal action?
We are taking legal action against National Pharmacies because we dispute National Pharmacies’ version of the employee’s conduct. We believe that under the circumstances, the employee should not have been terminated.

If you’re a PPA Complete Member (at least 3 months), the cost of legal representation on any new matters that arise are covered in your membership fees . Find out more about our membership choices  

What is unfair dismissal?

According to the Fair Work Commission, unfair dismissal is when an employee is dismissed from their job in a harsh, unjust or unreasonable manner.

The Commission may consider an employee has been unfairly dismissed if;

  • the dismissal was harsh, unjust or unreasonable or

  • the dismissal was not a case of genuine redundancy.

Read more: FWC Ending Employment Fact Sheet

How we help?
If you would like PPA to represent you and issue an unfair dismissal on your behalf, your application must be lodged within 21 days of the of the dismissal taking effect. This period starts the day after the dismissal. All communications with the Workplace Advice and Support team will be treated confidentially.
When a member calls with or lodges a claim, we take care of the process, which can seem complex at first. This process includes:

  • Starting legal action against your employer (the Commission sends a copy of your application to your former employer, and they will be given the chance to respond to your application);

  • Attending a conciliation conference where Commission staff try to help both sides resolve the dispute without the need for a more formal hearing;

  • If it cannot be resolved at conciliation, the application will be sent to a Commission Member for a decision.

If you feel your dismissal was unfair, please lodge your issue with Workplace Advice and Support to discuss your circumstances .