Boots Internal Approach

In 2012, during the CAC hearings, Boots was busy extolling the virtues of the BPA. It has allowed the BPA unfettered access to pharmacists through company conferences and allowed all preregistration graduates to have a briefing on the benefits of the BPA at their induction.

On 20 January 2012 it had very recently been actively supporting the BPA, providing many opportunities to recruit pharmacists and to bolster its credibility. We believe that this was part of a strategy to keep the more effective and better resourced PDA union at arm’s length.link

After the PDA Union initiated an application for formal recognition, Boots mounted a large-scale communications exercise, which included meetings and a briefing sent to all employee pharmacists’ home addresses, explaining why Boots is opposed to collective bargaining with the PDA Union and why it has chosen to seek a judicial review of the Central Arbitration Committee decision. If Boots believes that “support for the PDAU recognition is minimal” and that its employees “are generally content with existing methods of engaging and listening to them” (which is what it said to the CAC), then why was it going to such considerable lengths to try and prevent a ballot of Boots employees? Pharmacists may wish to question why the company is expending a great deal of time, money and effort in protecting its relationship with the BPA. 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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