Press Release: Pharmacists join Unions 21

The Pharmacists Defence Association Union (PDAU) is the latest trade union to formally join Unions 21, an organisation that provides an 'open space' for discussion on the future of the union movement and bring together trade unions and others that want to see an effective, modern and relevant trade union movement in the 21st century.

Thu 6th July 2017 PDA Union

PDAU is the only independent trade union in the UK exclusively for Pharmacists and despite being less than ten years old, it is already one of the 30 largest trade unions in the UK.  Developed from the success of the not-for-profit Pharmacists Defence Association (PDA), the union is now developing how it plays a part in the trade union movement.

John Murphy

John Murphy, General Secretary of the Pharmacists’ Defence Association (PDA) Union said: “We are always looking to improve the way we serve our members and we recognise that just as our members achieve more by acting collectively so the union can be better by working more closely with other unions. We look forward to learning from other unions, to sharing our own good practice and to working together on the issues faced in today’s and tomorrow’s workplaces.”

John continued: “I am delighted that joining Unions 21 places us in the company of many trade unions representing other health professionals as well as trade unions representing the staff who work alongside our community Pharmacist members and those in other sectors.”

Becky Wright, Unions 21

Becky Wright, Director of Unions 21 said: “’Unions 21 is delighted to welcome the PDA to our organisation.  As a dynamic, forward looking union, we are excited to see the lessons we can learn from the PDA as well as work collaboratively to review the issues unions face right now.


Notes for Editors:  


The Pharmacists’ Defence Association (PDA) is a not for profit organisation and trade union which aims to act upon and support the needs of individual pharmacists and, when necessary, to defend their reputation. It currently has more than 26,000 members.

The primary aims of the PDA are to:

  • Support pharmacists in their legal, practice and employment needs.
  • Represent the individual or collective concerns of pharmacists in the most appropriate manner.
  • Proactively seek to influence the professional, practice and employment agenda to support members.
  • Lead and support initiatives designed to improve the knowledge and skills of pharmacists in managing risk and safe practices, so improving patient care.
  • Work with like-minded organisations to further improve the membership benefits to individual pharmacists.
  • Provide insurance cover to safeguard and defend the reputation of the individual pharmacist.

Unions 21

Unions 21 exists to support unions to increase their influence, impact and effectiveness within the world of work. We do this by working with unions, supporters and stakeholders to create an open space for research, innovation and activity to assist unions to secure a better life for working people. Our work is centred around three themes of work: New workers, new economies; Good work; Innovation and change.

Editors requiring further information should contact:

Paul Day, National Officer, PDA Union
Tel:      07905 911867

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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