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.


Pledge your support for union recognition

Related news

  • PDA Union and LloydsPharmacy issue joint statement on recognition talks

    Wed 23rd December 2020 PDA Union

    PDA Union negotiators representing pharmacists at Lloyds Pharmacy have progressed talks with company representatives and the two sides have issued their first joint statement. 

  • Another success for pharmacists at Lloydspharmacy as trade union bargaining unit decided

    Fri 20th November 2020 PDA Union

    Pharmacists at Lloyds have moved another step closer to securing an independent voice at work through their trade union, the PDAU. The Central Arbitration Committee (CAC) have decided which pharmacists will be in scope of union recognition; accepting in full the PDA proposal and rejecting entirely the company’s alternative. 

  • Joining the PDA – Lloyds Leaflet

    Tue 17th November 2020 The PDA

    Here is the leaflet that introduces new Lloyds employees to the PDA. 

  • PDA say health & safety must be priority after Community pharmacists raise concerns over instructions to avoid test and trace rules

    Fri 23rd October 2020 The PDA

    The PDA Union is hearing from employed pharmacists at several multiples who have been instructed by their employers to turn off the NHS COVID-19 test and trace app when at work and worryingly some pharmacists are being told to refuse to ‘self-isolate’ if contacted by track and trace in respect of a colleague who has tested positive. This is also a significant concern for locum members who may be working in these multiples’ pharmacies. 

  • LloydsPharmacy timeline

    Pharmacists and pre-regs employed at Lloyds want an independent voice at work. With trade union recognition via the PDA Union they will be able to negotiate for better working conditions and terms and conditions of employment, such as pay, hours and holiday. This timeline details how we have reached this point. 

  • Confusing message on union recognition issued by Lloyds does not address data breaches

    Fri 9th October 2020 PDA Union

    PDA members working at LloydsPharmacy have been in contact to report a confusing message they recently received from a senior company representative about recognition of the PDA.  The management message fails to address the issue of data breaches involving pharmacists' personal data 

  • 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. 

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