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

  • PDAU donates £1,750 to Birmingham Mind

    Wed 9th October 2019 The PDA

    The PDAU promised to give £1 to charity for each vote cast in the recognition ballot at Boots this year, and as a result, a total donation of £3,500 has been split between two charities. The other half of the total amount raised has been donated to the National Autistic Society. 

  • “Earlier, more locally and together” – the PDAU network at Boots is in place and ready to make a difference

    Fri 20th September 2019 The PDA

    The network of PDAU representatives at Boots is now in place with most representatives trained. The network have already adopted a mantra of resolving workplace issues at the company “Earlier, more locally and together” to make life better for individual pharmacists and for the company. 

  • PDAU donates £1,750 to the National Autistic Society

    Thu 19th September 2019 The PDA

    The PDAU promised to give £1 to charity for each vote cast in the recognition ballot at Boots this year, and as a result a total donation of £3,500 has been split between two charities. The first half of the total amount raised has been donated to the National Autistic Society (NAS). 

  • PDA Union recognition agreement features in IDS Employment Law Brief

    Fri 30th August 2019 The PDA

    After the PDA Union and Boots signed their first voluntary recognition agreement last month, the news has featured in the latest issue of IDS Employment Law Brief. 

  • Joint statement – Boots and PDAU Joint Negotiating Body

    Wed 14th August 2019 The PDA

    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. 

  • First PDAU network in place at Boots

    Tue 13th August 2019 The PDA

    Following the recognition agreement signed by the PDA Union and Boots, the PDAU has now established a network of PDAU representatives to represent the circa 7,000 pharmacists and pre-registration trainees employed at the company. 

  • 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. 

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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