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

  • Joint statement – Boots & the PDA Union (1 July 2021)

    Fri 13th August 2021 The PDA

    The PDA Union and Boots have released their latest joint statement following their Joint Consultative Committee (JCC) meeting, which was held virtually on 1 July 2021. 

  • Boots pharmacists’ pay claim 2021

    Mon 19th July 2021 PDA Union

    Pay negotiations on behalf of members working for Boots are to take place this week. This is the first of a number of meetings to take place during the summer aimed at reaching an agreement in time for an increase to be paid from 1 November 2021. 

  • Boots Newsletter – June 2021

    Wed 30th June 2021 The PDA

    Keeping you informed of all the PDA Union activities within Boots 

  • 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.   

  • 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 urges pharmacists to stay safe and take adequate rest breaks

    Sat 10th April 2021 The PDA

    Proper rest breaks are an important element of maintaining a safe environment for patients and helps to protect the health and wellbeing of workers.  

  • Boots Enews – March 2021

    Thu 11th March 2021 The PDA

    This issue has been written by the PDA Reps within Boots. We encourage you to share this mailing with colleagues.  

  • Only a trade union can enable pharmacists to negotiate at work

    Fri 12th February 2021 The PDA

    In “HeartUnions Week”, the PDA Union is highlighting the way it is enabling pharmacists across the UK to improve their working lives by securing recognition to negotiate with the employer on their conditions of employment and to be consulted on significant change, on training and on health and safety issues. 

  • Joint statement – Boots & the PDA Union (18 January 2021)

    Thu 4th February 2021 The PDA

    The PDA Union and Boots have released their latest joint statement following their Joint Consultative Committee (JCC) meeting, which was held virtually on 18 January 2021.  

  • Joint statement – Boots & the PDA Union (30 December 2020)

    Tue 29th December 2020 PDA Union

    The PDA Union and Boots have released their latest joint statement following further talks on the 2020 pay review which were facilitated by the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS)  

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