Boots’ Agreement with the BPA

The agreement between Boots and the BPA did not give the BPA any right to negotiate on terms and conditions of employment, such as pay, hours and holidays, on behalf of its members - which had been sought by the PDA Union.

In fact, its agreement with Boots explicitly excludes these rights. It was noted in 2013 that on its website, the BPA does not mention that its collective bargaining rights include only facilities for its officials (such as whether the CEO is given a new computer by the employer) and the machinery for consultation (such as the location and frequency of meetings), choosing instead to describe its role in collective consultation.

The agreement states:

Under this agreement the BPA is recognised as having collective bargaining rights for the purposes of negotiation relating to facilities for its officials and the machinery for consultation in respect of matters upon which we will consult with the BPA. This agreement does not provide for collective bargaining rights on any other matters… Boots and the BPA accept that this agreement is not legally binding or enforceable between the parties.

Any terms agreed with the BPA by virtue of this agreement are not intended to be incorporated into employees’ contracts of employment

The agreement describes the BPA as a “line of communication” with “input” into various matters.link

The BPA did not ask its members whether they wanted the existing agreement when it signed it on 1 March 2012.link

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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