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

  • 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)  

  • PDA Reps Network in Boots deliver special Christmas messages

    Fri 11th December 2020 The PDA

    The PDA Reps Network in Boots would like to share the benefits of joining the PDA and the successes that they have achieved for members in 2020. They would also like to spread some Christmas cheer by wishing everyone a safe and happy Christmas and New Year. 

  • Joint statement – Boots & the PDA Union (20 October 2020)

    Thu 26th November 2020 PDA Union

    The PDA Union and Boots have released their latest joint statement following their Joint Consultative Committee (JCC) meeting, which was held virtually on 20 October 2020.  

  • Pay and bonus update at Boots

    Fri 6th November 2020 The PDA

    Despite missing company financial goals last year, Boots have unexpectedly announced that a proportion of the discretionary annual bonus scheme will be paid to “bonus-eligible” employees, which includes pharmacists, in respect of their contribution in the year up to August 2020. The last trading year was an extremely difficult time for Boots’ employees to have achieved targets due to the pandemic and the PDA welcome this decision.  

  • PDA Union Statement on day salaries should have increased at Boots

    Sun 1st November 2020 The PDA

    PDA Members employed by Boots will be aware that today (1st November) is the date on which they would normally expect to see an uplift in their salaries. 

  • PDA say health & safety must be priority after Community pharmacists raise concerns over instructions to avoid test and trace rules

    Fri 23rd October 2020 The PDA

    The PDA Union is hearing from employed pharmacists at several multiples who have been instructed by their employers to turn off the NHS COVID-19 test and trace app when at work and worryingly some pharmacists are being told to refuse to ‘self-isolate’ if contacted by track and trace in respect of a colleague who has tested positive. This is also a significant concern for locum members who may be working in these multiples’ pharmacies. 

  • 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.  

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