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

  • 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.  

  • PDAU representatives will listen to all Boots pharmacists and pre-registration pharmacists

    Sat 23rd March 2019 PDA Union

    PDAU asking all Boots pharmacists to let them know what should be made better at work and reiterating PDAU representatives will act in the interests of the entire profession when they negotiate for all registered and pre-registration store-based pharmacists at levels 5, 6 and 7. 

  • BOOTS pharmacists: You won the ballot and now you can be part of the team to help make things better

    Mon 18th March 2019 PDA Union

    We are inviting any PDAU members employed at Boots to volunteer to become part of our network at the company.  We will need to fill a number of positions and to begin with we would like you to express initial interest in becoming part of the team.   

  • PDAU say change of law needed on sweetheart union derecognition

    Wed 13th March 2019 PDA Union

    The PDA Union have just won a recognition ballot which ended with an overwhelming win for the union, but say they believe the law on the overall process relating to derecognising a sweetheart union needs to be improved. 

  • Pharmacists invite Boots to start new chapter in employee relations

    Mon 11th March 2019 PDA Union

    John Murphy, General Secretary of the PDA Union has written to Boots head Seb James, inviting him to create a new, positive chapter in employee relations at the company. 

  • Overwhelming ballot result shows how out of touch Boots senior management are from their pharmacists.

    Mon 11th March 2019 PDA Union

    The result of the historic ballot was 3,229 votes (92.4%) in favour of the trade union, with only 266 votes (7.6%) supporting the senior management proposal.  This also meant that 47.5% of those eligible to vote supported the union, which surpassed the 40% threshold required for the union to succeed.   

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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