Trade Unions

  • Boots pharmacists prepare for 2021 pay talks

    Thu 17th June 2021 PDA Union

    PDA members at Boots are preparing for the 2021 pay talks with the company in the expectation of a far better deal than last year after the company formally recognised there is a potential crisis of recruitment and retention due to reasons including insufficient rates of pay.   

  • Stop “Fire and rehire”

    Wed 16th June 2021 The PDA

    The PDA support a private member’s bill which has its first reading in Parliament today and hopes to outlaw the practice of “Fire and rehire” which is increasingly being used by employers to cut employee benefits. 

  • Help raise the profile of community pharmacy funding in England

    Fri 11th June 2021 The PDA

    The PDA support the 38 Degrees petition, created by the NPA, that calls on the Westminster government to recompense pharmacies for the extra costs they have incurred by staying open to provide health services during the COVID-19 pandemic. The petition now has almost 100,000 signatures, but needs more to make sure politicians and the general public know about this issue. 

  • Employers’ report into pharmacy workforce challenges does not address their basic responsibilities

    Fri 4th June 2021 The PDA

    A disappointing report from the three major community pharmacy employer bodies ends with nine recommendations for others to act, but fails to include a single commitment about what the employers will do. 

  • PDA publish salary ready reckoner for Boots pharmacists

    Wed 2nd June 2021 PDA Union

    “Transparency” is a underpinning principle of the PDA’s objectives for any pay system and the union has produced a “Ready Reckoner” tool to assist union members at Boots in understanding where their pay sits in comparison to "market rates".   

  • PDA calls for rethink of decision to end free parking for NHS workers

    Thu 27th May 2021 The PDA

    The UK government has announced that it is ending a scheme for NHS workers which has provided free parking to those on duty during the COVID-19 emergency response period.  

  • PDA UNION – 2021 AGM Calling Notice

    Mon 24th May 2021 PDA Union

    Due to the continuing pandemic, the PDA Union annual general meeting will once again be held virtually via video link on 24th June 2021, if you wish to participate you need to register before close of business on Tuesday 22 June. 

  • PDA statement regarding pharmacist vaccination sessions in Glasgow and Greater Clyde

    Mon 17th May 2021 The PDA

    There have been reports of anomalies in the booking system for Covid-19 vaccination sessions in the Glasgow and Greater Clyde health board area, and allegations that some pharmacists may have used technology to secure multiple shifts ahead of others. 

  • PDAU comment on industrial action in Prison Education

    Tue 11th May 2021 PDA Union

    The PDA Union are sending a message of support to UCU members working in prison education who are currently involved in industrial action. The PDA Union is also advising members working in prisons how to care for patients while respecting the strike action. 

  • PDA can support members when their employer changes under a “TUPE Transfer”

    Thu 29th April 2021 PDA Union

    Though a number of community pharmacies are closing, others are still being bought and sold which often means pharmacists may find they have a new employer. As an independent trade union, the PDA can provide support and guidance for members at what can be a worrying time. 

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The Pharmacists' Defence Association is a company limited by guarantee. Registered in England; Company No 4746656.

The Pharmacists' Defence Association is an appointed representative in respect of insurance mediation activities only of
The Pharmacy Insurance Agency Limited which is registered in England and Wales under company number 2591975
and is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (Register No 307063)

The PDA Union is recognised by the Certification Officer as an independent trade union.

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