The Derecognition and Recognition Processes

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Derecognition

Recognition (following derecognition)

Points to note:

  • The BPA may voluntarily agree to be derecognised at any point during the derecognition process, simply by tearing up its agreement with Boots.
  • The ‘bargaining unit’ means the workers whose interests will be represented i.e. Boots pharmacists and pre-registration graduates.
  • CAC means the Central Arbitration Committee, the government body responsible for overseeing the recognition of workers’ unions.
  • The ‘negotiation period’ is for the PDA Union, Boots and the BPA to try to resolve matters without needing to continue with the formal process.
  • Ballots will be successful if the majority who vote are in favour, which must comprise >40% of the bargaining unit.
  • A secret ballot means that the voting choice of individuals will not be known by any interested party (the PDA Union, Boots or the BPA).
  • Recognition of the PDAU may be automatic if >50% of pharmacists and pre-reg graduates are PDAU members at the time of the process.

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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