CAC agree bargaining unit for PDA Union Recognition

Following a hearing on Friday 28th September, the CAC has today issued its decision on which pharmacists will be eligible to vote in a ballot to decide whether they can negotiate their pay, hours and holiday through the PDA Union. The PDA Union will only be able to negotiate for better employment terms for this group of employees should they win the ballot.

Mon 1st October 2018 PDA Union

  • The CAC Panel unexpectedly issued their full decision on the Boots/PDAU bargaining unit today.
  • Boots succeed in denying several sections of pharmacists an independent voice at work
  • Majority of those that derecognised the BPA still in scope and will be asked to vote for PDA Union representation

Following a hearing on Friday 28th September, the CAC has today issued its decision on which pharmacists will be eligible to vote in a ballot to decide whether they can negotiate their pay, hours and holiday through the PDA Union.  The PDA Union will only be able to negotiate for better employment terms for this group of employees should they win the ballot.

The PDA Union wanted all pharmacists and pre-registration pharmacists at levels 5, 6 & 7 to be able to secure independent trade union recognition through a ballot.  This included support office and field based pharmacists as all pharmacists in these roles were included under the BPA recognition agreement for the last six years and they were all eligible to vote in the recent derecognition ballot.

Boots’ management did not agree and only wanted store and relief pharmacists to be able to be included, meaning approximately 1500 pharmacists, including field/support office pharmacists, pre-registration pharmacists and pharmacist store managers would have come out of this process with no independent union representation.

After robust legal submissions from both sides the CAC decided that the majority of pharmacists, those in the following roles, will still be included in the bargaining unit and will therefore be able to vote:

  • All store based and relief pharmacists, including advanced practitioners and care services pharmacists
  • All pre registration pharmacists
  • All pharmacist store managers at levels 5, 6 or 7

Unfortunately the Panel accepted Boots submissions that the following roles should to be excluded from any independent trade union recognition.

  • All pharmacists in field roles
  • All pharmacists in support office roles

Mark Pitt , Assistant General Secretary of the PDA Union commented: “Whilst we are pleased that the Panel have agreed with us that pharmacist store managers and pre-registration pharmacists, as well as all store and relief pharmacists, should be able to benefit from independent trade union recognition, there are still hundreds of pharmacists in field and support office roles who will be excluded from any ballot because Boots do not want them to be represented by an independent trade union.

We will never give up working for any of our members and PDA members in the excluded groups should be aware that PDA Union can continue to help them with advice, guidance and representation in individual situations such as grievances or disciplinaries, if they occur.

A further statement from the PDA Union will follow

For more information about the Boots campaign, please visit: www.the-pda.org/boots-recognition/

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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