PDA Union Recognition at Boots

Boots pharmacists and pre-registration graduates will soon have the opportunity to vote for a better future, and an independent voice at work.

Boots pharmacists and pre-registration graduates will soon have the opportunity to vote yes for a better future, and an independent voice at work. Ballot papers will be sent to their home addresses, to allow them to vote for legal “recognition” of the PDA Union to negotiate better terms and conditions on behalf of Boots pharmacists. It’s extremely important to ensure that the company holds all up to date employee details to ensure that individuals don’t miss out on having their say.

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.

Latest articles about our campaign for Boots Recognition

  • Boots pre-registration pharmacists urged to participate in upcoming ballot

    Tue 4th December 2018 PDA Union

    Pre-registration pharmacists employed at Boots are being encouraged to join the PDA Union and become part of the only independent UK trade union that is exclusively for pharmacists and pre-registration pharmacists; the great news for pre-registration pharmacy trainees is membership is completely FREE. 

  • Why is Boots so concerned the PDA Union will see what’s in its staffing model?

    Fri 30th November 2018 PDA Union

    In a recently published decision of the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) following a complaint about Boots made by the BBC, the company has robustly defended its refusal to release its staffing model. One reason given was that it might be used by the PDA Union in support of the application currently being made on behalf of thousands of Boots pharmacists who are seeking an independent voice at work. 

  • Case Study: Constructive Dismissal at Boots

    Wed 28th November 2018 PDA Union

    The PDA Union have recently seen the judgement of a Scottish Employment Tribunal where a trainee pharmacy technician at Boots was constructively dismissed after being given a final written warning. This was despite DISPROVING an allegation made in a customer complaint that she had breached confidentiality.  

  • Boots Pharmacists: Why the 40% hurdle is so important

    Sun 25th November 2018 PDA Union

    The PDA Union want to make sure that pharmacists and pre-registration pharmacists understand why every vote in the ballot due in February 2019 is critical if they are to finally secure an independent voice at work. 

  • Boots Pharmacists: Be part of your union

    Mon 19th November 2018 PDA Union

    Pharmacists employed at Boots are being encouraged to join thousands of their colleagues and be part of the PDA Union; the only independent UK trade union that is exclusively for individual pharmacists, pre-registration pharmacists and pharmacy undergraduates.  

  • Date set for historic second ballot at Boots

    Wed 7th November 2018 PDA Union

    The PDA Union have negotiated the arrangements for a ballot of pharmacists and pre-registration pharmacists which can finally secure them an independent voice at work. The ballot period will run for five weeks from Monday 4 February 2019 

  • Boots update: where we are in the recognition process

    Thu 1st November 2018 PDA Union

    An update to pharmacists employed at Boots: "Following on from the activity earlier this year to derecognise the Boots Pharmacy Association (BPA), we are contacting you to update you on where we are in the recognition process."  

  • Boots Pharmacists: Make sure you get a say in coming ballot

    Fri 26th October 2018 PDA Union

    Boots pharmacists and pre-registration pharmacists are actively encouraged to ensure their correct address details are registered on the company’s systems so that they will receive ballot papers to their home address without delay when a second vote on trade union recognition is held soon. 

  • CAC agree bargaining unit for PDA Union Recognition

    Mon 1st October 2018 PDA Union

    Following a hearing on Friday 28th September, the CAC has today issued its decision on which pharmacists will be eligible to vote in a ballot to decide whether they can negotiate their pay, hours and holiday through the PDA Union. The PDA Union will only be able to negotiate for better employment terms for this group of employees should they win the ballot. 

  • PDA Union and Boots update

    Mon 24th September 2018 PDA Union

    Read the latest update on the PDA Unions’ campaign to secure an independent voice at work for pharmacists at Boots.  

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