Collective Bargaining

The importance of collective bargaining has been recognised internationally in the courts, and academics and legal professionals have commented on its societal importance in the UK.

Collective bargaining for healthcare professionals is commonplace in the healthcare sector, for professionals such as doctors, dentists, nurses, physiotherapists, radiographers and other professions allied to medicine.link

The Supreme Court of Canada said in 2007: “The right to bargain collectively with an employer enhances the human dignity, liberty and autonomy of workers by giving them the opportunity to influence the establishment of workplace rules and thereby gain some control over a major aspect of their lives, namely their work… collective bargaining permits workers to achieve a form of workplace democracy and to ensure the rule of law in the workplace. Workers gain a voice to influence the establishment of rules that control a major aspect of their lives.link

P.C. Weiler, author of various texts on workers’ rights and labour law, said in ‘Reconcilable Differences’ in 1980: “Collective bargaining is not simply an instrument for pursuing external ends, whether these be mundane monetary gains or the erection of a private rule of law to protect the dignity of the worker in the face of managerial authority. Rather, collective bargaining is intrinsically valuable as an experience in self-government. It is the mode in which employees participate in setting the terms and conditions of employment, rather than simply accepting what their employer chooses to give them.”

Research has found that union members covered by collective agreements do, on average, in countries outside the US, get a wage markup over their non-unionized (or uncovered) counterparts of 5 to 10 percent.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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