Official notice of Boots ballot issued by the CAC

The Central Arbitration Committee have issued the official notice of the Boots ballot. This legal notice must be displayed in all workplaces where eligible voters are based and includes instructions on what to do if you do not receive ballot papers.

Tue 29th January 2019 PDA Union

The official ballot period starts on Monday 4 February and ballot papers will be issued on Monday 18 February.  It is then up to pharmacists and pre-registration pharmacists to vote and return their papers to Kanto Elect no later than noon on Monday 11 March 2019.  The full notice says:


This ballot is being held to decide whether PDAU is to be recognised by your employer, Boots Management Services Ltd, for collective bargaining on pay, hours and holidays. The ballot is being organised by Kanto Elect, which has been appointed by the Central Arbitration Committee (CAC) as part of a statutory process under the legislation covering trade union recognition.

You are entitled to vote if you are a worker in the following group: “All registered and pre-registration store-based pharmacists at levels 5,6 and 7 who are employed by Boots Management Services Ltd”.
You can vote whether or not you are a union member. You may receive correspondence from the Union through the post. This material is sent out on the union’s behalf by the balloting agent – the union does not have the names and addresses of non-members.

Ballot papers will be posted to your home address on 18 February 2019 and must be received by Kanto Elect no later than noon on 11 March 2019.

If you consider that you are eligible to vote and have not received a ballot paper by 22 February 2019, or if you do not think that you are eligible to vote but receive a ballot paper, please contact the CAC Case Manager, Linda Lehan, by email at giving your full name and address. If you have recently changed your address and you have not informed your employer you should do so as soon as possible to ensure you receive your ballot paper on time.

The ballot papers are numbered to ensure fair conduct of the ballot and the ballot is completely secret. Only Kanto Elect has a record of the numbers (any duplicate ballot paper that is issued will have a different number). Neither the employer or the union will know how you have voted.”

You can view the official notice on CAC headed paper here

thumbnail of CAC Notice of ballot

Legal notice of workplace ballot



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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