LloydsPharmacy Recognition

The PDA Union was formed by pharmacists, for pharmacists. Our focus has always been on protecting and improving professional autonomy, working conditions and employment terms for pharmacists and we know pharmacists at Lloyds want us to be recognised so that we can improve their working experience.

“Recognition” is when an employer agrees to negotiate with the union on matters of pay and working conditions for the workers represented by the union. Recognition can be agreed voluntarily between the employer and trade union or by a decision of the Central Arbitration Committee (CAC), an independent body with statutory powers

Since the PDA first achieved independent trade union status we have sought “recognition” at employers of pharmacists including LloydsPharmacy. We have focussed on the largest employers and after pharmacists at Boots secured recognition in 2019, Lloyds was our next priority.

We had already progressed informal discussions with LloydsPharmacy management, but after they announced a proposed change programme involving contractual change and potential redundancies, pharmacists at Lloyds overwhelmingly called on us to commence the formal recognition process.

The PDA Union submitted a formal recognition application to the CAC on behalf of Lloyds pharmacists in July 2020.


  • Lloyds pharmacists pass first test on road to union recognition

    Fri 11th September 2020 PDA Union

    Pharmacists at LloydsPharmacy (Lloyds) have made significant progress towards trade union recognition as the government body that oversees the process has formally accepted their application. The process now moves forward to decide which pharmacists will be included in the bargaining unit. 

  • PDA invite LloydsPharmacy to work together to resolve pharmacist concerns

    Mon 7th September 2020 PDA Union

    The PDA have written to LloydsPharmacy (Lloyds) inviting them to work with the union to resolve the concerns of pharmacists over the change programme being implemented by the company 

  • Lloyds pharmacists raise concerns about change proposals

    Thu 20th August 2020 The PDA

    The PDA has received multiple reports from members after asking for details from the large number of pharmacists who may need support with dealing with the company’s so-called “transformation and harmonisation programme”. 

  • Your help needed to pass on an URGENT request for Lloyds pharmacists to pledge support for union recognition

    Mon 10th August 2020 PDA Union

    All pharmacists at LloydsPharmacy have the opportunity to pledge their support for the profession to secure an independent voice at work through a trade union recognition agreement. Although we can contact those who are already our members directly, we need the help of our 31,000 members to help us get this message to those Lloyds pharmacists who have not yet joined the PDA. 

  • PDA provide guidance for pharmacists at Lloyds

    Mon 10th August 2020 PDA Union

    The PDA have produced some general guidance in response to the growing number of pharmacists asking them for assistance as a result of the LloydsPharmacy (Lloyds), so-called: “transformation and harmonisation programme”. 

  • LLOYDS PHARMACISTS: Pledge your support for union recognition

    Pharmacists at LloydsPharmacy want an independent voice at work and so have asked the PDA Union to apply for legal recognition at the company.  

  • Benefits for Lloyds pharmacists from union recognition

    Fri 7th August 2020 PDA Union

    PDA Union representative Paul Flynn sends a message to professional colleagues at LloydsPharmacy about the real difference trade union recognition can bring to pharmacists. 

  • Latest on pharmacist union recognition at LloydsPharmacy

    Mon 3rd August 2020 PDA Union

    At the request of members, the PDA Union has submitted a statutory application for recognition to secure an independent voice at work for pharmacists at LloydsPharmacy (Lloyds). In a recent communication to pharmacists the company management claimed to be surprised by this action, so the union is reiterating how we reached this point while also giving an update on latest developments.  

  • PDA members at LloydsPharmacy need your help

    Mon 27th July 2020 PDA Union

    Senior management at the McKesson group, the owners of LloydsPharmacy, have disputed the call from their pharmacists for an independent voice at work through a voluntary agreement of union recognition. Those pharmacists are now asking for help from colleagues across the profession. 

  • Update on employment changes at LloydsPharmacy

    Sat 25th July 2020 PDA Union

    The PDA will be supporting any members affected by the announcement made by Lloyds Pharmacy about potential pharmacy closures, changes of ownership and changes to employment contracts. 

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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