Joint statement – Boots and the PDA Union sign voluntary recognition agreement

The PDA Union and Boots have signed a recognition agreement which will shape employee relations for pharmacists at the company. This is their joint statement.

Thu 11th July 2019 PDA Union

Boots UK and the Pharmacists’ Defence Association Union (PDAU) today signed their first voluntary recognition agreement.  This means the PDAU will now have collective bargaining rights for negotiation on pay, hours and holiday, as well as consultative meetings on a range of topics, representing PDAU members who are store-based Boots pharmacists and pre-registration pharmacists.

The formal agreement means that the PDAU will negotiate the annual pay for these roles with Boots, starting with the forthcoming annual pay review for the financial year 19/20.

Anne Higgins, Director of Stores Scotland and Northern Ireland, with Mark Pitt, PDAU Assistant General Secretary

The agreement means

  • The PDAU will have one regional representative per region, with one per division stepping up to fulfil a broader role and also participate in annual pay negotiations
  • A Joint Consultative Committee will be set up, which all reps will attend.  It will meet four times per year to discuss proposals for any material changes to people policies against an agreed list, identify unresolved issues in the workplace and discuss health and safety matters relating to the Bargaining Unit
  • There will be a Joint Negotiating Board made up of a smaller subset of reps for the purpose of negotiations relating to pay, hours and holidays
  • We have also agreed a list of policy items which Boots will inform the PDAU about if there are any changes.  This includes items such as bonus payments and changes to some HR policies.

Commenting on the announcement, Anne Higgins, Director of Stores Scotland and Northern Ireland, who co-chaired the meetings on the agreement said, “This is the start of a new, more positive relationship between Boots UK and the PDAU.  We look forward to working with them with a new spirit of partnership in the years ahead, working together for the long term sustainable success of our pharmacists and Boots UK.”

PDAU Assistant General Secretary, Mark Pitt added: “Our objective is to work with Boots UK to create a positive employee relations environment, where the voice of pharmacists is heard, and our members are able to contribute to the business as respected health professionals

Anne Higgins, Director of Stores Scotland and Northern Ireland, with Mark Pitt, PDAU Assistant General Secretary

The signing took place at the Boots Store, Victoria Centre Nottingham.  Present were:

For Boots UK:

  • Anne Higgins, Director of Stores Scotland and Northern Ireland – Boots UK

For PDA Union:

  • Mark Pitt, Assistant General Secretary
  • Paul Day, National Officer
  • Helen Lewis, Regional Officer


10 July 2019

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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