About (Summary)

The PDA Union's focus is on protecting and improving professional autonomy, working conditions and employment terms for pharmacists. Since 2011, the PDAU has been fighting for Boots pharmacists’ right to negotiate their pay, hours and holiday entitlements with their employer.

Over 2,200 pharmacists and pre-reg graduates who work at Boots have already joined us and want us to be recognised to deal with management on their behalf. The PDA Union already has the right to represent its members at disciplinaries and grievances, but many Boots pharmacists have told us they would like us to also have the right to collectively bargain for their terms and conditions of employment (such as pay, hours and holiday) and to be able to negotiate better working conditions for them.

Pharmacists at Boots deserve to be treated fairly and with respect at work. They should have job security, fair reward and a good working environment. They want to be able to put patient safety and professional standards above the company’s drive for profits. Pharmacists at Boots want us to be legally recognised so that we can work with management to achieve these things.

The owners and senior management of Boots do not want us to be recognised for those purposes. Over many years they have stood against the wishes of their employees and blocked our efforts to be legally recognised. Senior management have even signed an agreement with the non-independent BPA to try to stop us from speaking up for our members and Boots pharmacists generally.

However, the law in the UK gives employees rights at work. Under employment law, workers are allowed to vote for who they want to speak for them. A number of your colleagues, individual Boots pharmacists, have lodged a legal application to end the agreement between Boots and BPA, and that will be followed by an application from us to become recognised.

British law gives you this option, but you need to act to make it happen. We need every Boots pharmacist and pre-reg to vote in favour of ending the BPA-Boots agreement and then vote in favour of the PDA Union being recognised.

You don’t have to be a PDA Union member already to vote, but if you want to join us, that’s fine too. We are already the biggest pharmacists’ union in the UK but we’ve still got room and a welcome for you.

If we win these votes, we will work tirelessly as your voice at work, putting pharmacists first.

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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