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 (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.  

  • Boots pay claim update

    Wed 7th October 2020 The PDA

    The PDA has sent union members at Boots an update on the pharmacists' annual pay negotiations. As also detailed in a joint statement published with the company, the 2020 talks are being referred to ACAS in the hope they can help the employer and employee representatives reach an agreement.  

  • Joint statement – Boots & the PDA Union (24 September 2020)

    Wed 7th October 2020 PDA Union

    The PDA Union and Boots have released their latest joint statement following a meeting held on 24 September 2020.  

  • Latest minutes of the Joint Consultative Committee at Boots

    Tue 8th September 2020 PDA Union

    The minutes of the latest Joint Consultative Committee meeting between representatives of the company and the PDA Union have been published.  

  • Boots prison pharmacists to be transferred to Sodexo

    Thu 27th August 2020 The PDA

    Pharmacists employed by Boots in several prisons are having their employment transferred to a subsidiary of the French multinational Sodexo that provides custodial and post-release services to the UK Ministry of Justice, including directly managing several prisons. 

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