PDA Union / BPA Comparison Table

A comparison of the Pharmacists' Defence Association Union and the Boots Pharmacists' Association, a non-independent organisation with which senior management preferred to have an arrangement. They had agreed not to negotiate terms and conditions for pharmacists.

PDA Union BPA
Number of members (total) >28,000 <1,300
Number of members within Boots >2,200 <1,300
Independent trade union
Seeking to collectively bargain for better terms and conditions (e.g. pay, hours, holiday entitlement) on behalf of Boots pharmacists
Free from interference, tending towards domination or control by Boots (according to the Trades Union Certification Officer)
National executive extensive experience of working for Boots
Directly employs legal advisors (solicitors and paralegals)
Directly employs dedicated advisors (who are pharmacists)
Highly active in influencing national pharmacy policy on behalf of individual pharmacists
Evidence of willingness to legally challenge Boots and other organisations when necessary
Successful employment tribunal action on behalf of members
Legal defence costs insurance administered independently of pharmacy employers

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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