So it came to this – why the BPA had to be derecognised

We had tried on a number of occasions to reach a merger agreement with the BPA. The BPA had always chosen instead to maintain its relationship with Boots management, which we believed was had an ineffective arrangement.

We had exhausted the legal process. The Court of Appeal clarified that the route to recognition of the PDA Union to negotiate working conditions and terms and conditions of employment, such as pay, hours and holiday, on behalf of Boots pharmacists and preregs, was for pharmacists and pre-regs to seek derecognition of the BPA. Boots and government lawyers supported this argument in court.

A number of your Boots pharmacist colleagues sought the BPA’s derecognition by making a formal legal application to the Central Arbitration Committee. What happened next is outlined on this website.

If the PDA Union is subsequently recognised for collective bargaining, we would still work with BPA officials and remaining BPA members to ensure the interests of all Boots pharmacists were represented in the best way possible.

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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