COVID-19 VACCINATIONS: If, in addition to indemnity for your main employment, you would like cover for delivering COVID-19 Vaccinations please apply for our standalone extension Apply Today

Home  »   Insight   »   The Pizza is not working

The Pizza is not working

Pharmacists in the United States have created a movement called the #Pizzaisnotworking.

Wed 21st December 2022 The PDA

The pharmacists involved have told the PDA that this is in response to what they see as typical management practice. Once the employers get to the stage where they have a large number of complaints and concerns being expressed by their pharmacist employees, rather than risk them setting up a union; as was done in the UK, the employers simply invite them to a free Pizza evening. Here they are encouraged to air their concerns, and they are then told that something will now be done about it. What happens next is often… precisely nothing. The Pizza is not working movement is lobbying the government at State and at National level in the USA.

In conversations with colleagues in the US, it is often very apparent how similar the issues faced by pharmacists working for large corporations are on both sides of the Atlantic. If pharmacists only look as far as their own national borders, they might conclude that every issue is down to the government, contract or regulation in that country.

However, seeing the wider international context allows pharmacists to also consider how with a different government, regulations and pharmacy contract in each nation, similar issues such as understaffing can still occur in multiple countries. When it is the same global leadership of multinational corporations, it allows pharmacists to also consider how much of the issues faced are due to the commercial priorities of those employers who dominate the sector within each country.

Frontline US pharmacists supporting this movement are now crowdfunding the production of a documentary about the Fast-Foodification of Pharmacy in the US. It is similar to the one that was shown by the BBC in the UK in 2016 about working conditions in one of the large multiples.

The documentary, to be called “Would You Like Shots with That?”, aims to expose the reality of the crisis happening behind what they call the “retail pharmacy” counter.

Learn more

Not yet a PDA member?

If you have not yet joined the PDA, we encourage you to join today and ask your colleagues to do the same.

Membership is FREE to pharmacy students, trainee pharmacists, and for the first three months of being newly qualified.


Read about our key member benefits here.


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.

Cookie Use

This website uses cookies to help us provide the best user experience. If you continue browsing you are giving your consent to our use of cookies.

General Guidance Resources Surveys PDA Campaigns Regulations Locums Indemnity Arrangements Pre-Regs & Students FAQs Coronavirus (COVID-19)