PDA Union Recognition at Boots

Boots pharmacists and pre-registration graduates had the opportunity to vote for a better future, and an independent voice at work.

Boots pharmacists and pre-registration graduates had the opportunity to vote yes for a better future, and an independent voice at work.  The postal ballot ran for five weeks from Monday 4 February, with a deadline for completed ballot papers to be received by noon on Monday 11 March 2019.

The PDA Union was formed by pharmacists, for pharmacists. Our focus has always been on protecting and improving professional autonomy, working conditions and employment terms for pharmacists and we know Boots pharmacists want us to be recognised so that we can improve their working experience.

In order to achieve a legal decision that requires the company to recognise the PDA Union, the ballot result must be a majority of “YES” votes, and the number of “YES” votes must be at least 40% of those entitled to vote (approximately 2,800 votes).

Latest articles about our campaign for Boots Recognition

  • Boots Pharmacists pay claim 2019

    Mon 15th July 2019 PDA Union

    The PDA Union have submitted the 2019 pay claim to Boots on behalf of 7,000 pharmacists and pre-registration pharmacists 

  • Joint statement – Boots and the PDA Union sign voluntary recognition agreement

    Thu 11th July 2019 PDA Union

    The PDA Union and Boots have signed a recognition agreement which will shape employee relations for pharmacists at the company. This is their joint statement. 

  • PDA Union and Boots UK sign historic recognition agreement

    Thu 11th July 2019 PDA Union

    Representatives of Boots UK and the pharmacists trade union, PDA Union have signed a formal recognition agreement outlining how the union will represent the 7,000 store based pharmacists and pre-registration pharmacists at the largest multiple pharmacy employer in the UK 

  • PDA Union response as Boots announce plan to close c.200 stores

    Thu 27th June 2019 PDA Union

    The PDA Union is disappointed to note that following several denials by Boots UK in recent months in response to media speculation about store closures, Walgreens Boots Alliance have today confirmed a plan to close 200 stores. The Union will be doing all it can to defend the employment of PDAU members. 

  • Boots pharmacists invited to shape the PDAU’s pay claim

    Mon 17th June 2019 The PDA

    The PDAU are inviting all eligible employed Boots pharmacists and pre-registration pharmacists to tell them about their priorities and issues at work, via an online survey.  The survey responses will help shape the PDAU’s pay claim for the pay year commencing November 2019. 

  • Media reports of Boots store closure strategy

    Tue 28th May 2019 PDA Union

    The PDA has seen media reports of a large scale branch closure programme by Boots and is reassuring members that the union will be doing all it can to protect their employment should they be affected. 

  • Latest Issue of Boots News

    Fri 12th April 2019 PDA Union

    The PDA Union have issued the latest issue of Boots News, updating pharmacists about the negotiations happening with management. 

  • Joint statement – Boots & the PDA Union

    Tue 9th April 2019 PDA Union

    The PDA Union and Boots have released their first joint statement as they begin a new chapter in employee relations for pharmacists at the company.  

  • Wallgreens Boots Alliance have “most difficult quarter” of trading

    Wed 3rd April 2019 PDA Union

    Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) has warned that it may be forced to close stores and cut jobs in the UK after suffering the “most difficult quarter” since its formation via merger in 2014, even though the vertically integrated multinational is still making £Billions in profits. The PDA Union will be supporting any members affected by the consequences of this announcement. 

  • Boots campaign features in the latest Unions 21 podcast

    Fri 29th March 2019 PDA Union

    In the latest podcast from Unions 21, Becky Wright and Simon Sapper talk union recognition with Paul Day of the PDA Union and hear all about how Boots' senior management denied their pharmacists an independent voice at work for eight years and how, by never giving up, the PDAU changed that.  

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

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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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