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

  • One year on we celebrate the PDA Reps Network in Boots

    Wed 21st October 2020 The PDA

    The PDA Union network is trained to support union members with the majority already also trained as Health & Safety reps. They work tirelessly to represent the interests of PDA members and the wider pharmacist population who work in Boots. 

  • Boots Update – October 2020

    Wed 21st October 2020 The PDA

    Welcome to the October Boots Update - keeping you informed of all the PDA Union activities within Boots.  

  • Boots pay claim update

    Wed 7th October 2020 The PDA

    The PDA has sent union members at Boots an update on the pharmacists' annual pay negotiations. As also detailed in a joint statement published with the company, the 2020 talks are being referred to ACAS in the hope they can help the employer and employee representatives reach an agreement.  

  • Joint statement – Boots & the PDA Union

    Wed 7th October 2020 PDA Union

    The PDA Union and Boots have released their latest joint statement following a meeting held on 24 September 2020.  

  • Latest minutes of the Joint Consultative Committee at Boots

    Tue 8th September 2020 PDA Union

    The minutes of the latest Joint Consultative Committee meeting between representatives of the company and the PDA Union have been published.  

  • Boots prison pharmacists to be transferred to Sodexo

    Thu 27th August 2020 The PDA

    Pharmacists employed by Boots in several prisons are having their employment transferred to a subsidiary of the French multinational Sodexo that provides custodial and post-release services to the UK Ministry of Justice, including directly managing several prisons. 

  • PDA comment on announcements of pay increases for public servants

    Wed 22nd July 2020 The PDA

    Pharmacists working in the NHS will understandably question why they were not included in the government's announcement this week. The PDA advises caution when reading the reports of the increases as some key facts have been left out of the Treasury press release. 

  • Boots Pharmacists Pay Claim 2020

    Fri 17th July 2020 The PDA

    The PDA Union has submitted the 2020 pay claim to Boots on behalf of pharmacists and pre-registration pharmacists. 

  • PDA response to Boots announcement

    Thu 9th July 2020 PDA Union

    The PDA have responded to an announcement from Boots which may lead to thousands of job losses as part of the next phase of the company's “Transformation Plan”. 

  • Prov-Reg pharmacist salaries should match “newly qualified” rates

    Thu 4th June 2020 The PDA

    The PDA welcome Boots confirming that Prov-Reg pharmacists will be paid the same starting rate as would have been paid to newly qualified pharmacists, as agreed with the PDA. 

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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