Lloyds Pharmacy has agreed a new deal with staff which delivers pay increases for their 960 staff, a range of additional benefits, implementation of banded working hours and a voluntary severance package to be introduced.
The deal followed robust negotiations with the staff Colleague Representative Committee (CRC), which is comprised of representatives nominated by colleagues independent of management.
Several improvements to pay and conditions resulted:
- Pay increases for all staff ranging from 1.5% to 11%. This means that average annual salaries across the company are now benchmarking favourably within the sector and are typically an average of €11.63 for full-time store staff, €17.16 for store managers and €32 for pharmacists. These salaries exclude monthly care bonus available to all staff and the bonus scheme for managers and assistant managers. All increases were backdated to 1st April 2018.
- New measures to recognise longer serving staff including additional paid annual leave and the introduction of banded pay scales which will deliver further pay increases.
- No staff member is now on less than €10.60 per hour.
- Improved paid sick leave of not less than 4 days per colleague annually.
- A system of banded hours for all colleagues, giving them even greater certainty of hours.
- Full funding of all professional fees for pharmacist colleagues.
- Improved support systems including the introduction of additional Regional Business Managers.
- A Voluntary Severance package, details of which will be announced shortly.
Commenting on the latest colleague support for enhanced terms and conditions, Pat Watt, LloydsPharmacy Director of Sales and Marketing stated: “As a new management team we want to build further strong links with our staff, particularly through the Colleague Representative Committee.
“Our staff are pleased to have agreed the improved pay, conditions and support measures through successive company-wide ballots. It provides a positive roadmap for all staff to enjoy improved remuneration and security of benefits in a viable framework. We will invest strongly in our business and staff at what is a particularly challenging time for our sector.”