PDA Union recognition agreement features in IDS Employment Law Brief

After the PDA Union and Boots signed their first voluntary recognition agreement last month, the news has featured in the latest issue of IDS Employment Law Brief.

Fri 30th August 2019 The PDA

The piece gives a good general summary of the PDA Unions’ long-standing battle for recognition at Boots and mentions the historic significance of the case.

The article reads as follows:

PDAU signs recognition agreement

On 10 July, Boots UK and the Pharmacists’ Defence Association Union (PDAU) signed their first voluntary recognition agreement. This means that the PDAU now has collective bargaining rights for negotiation on pay, hours and holiday, representing PDAU members who are store-based Boots pharmacists and pre-registration pharmacists.

The move follows the successful application by the PDAU to be recognised for collective bargaining in March this year. In 2018 a group of pharmacists applied to the Central Arbitration Committee to end collective bargaining arrangements between their employer and a non-independent (‘sweetheart’) trade union. A subsequent derecognition ballot was the first of its kind since the legislation was introduced, and this is the first time that an independent union has unseated a sweetheart union and then secured recognition. For further background, see Briefs 1087, 1066, 1009, 991 and 969.


For more information about the recognition agreement, click here.

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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
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The PDA Union is recognised by the Certification Officer as an independent trade union.

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