Promises, Promises from Boots Senior Management

As Boots pharmacists prepare to vote on whether to recognise the PDA Union at Boots, the PDA Union has reviewed some of the statements that senior Boots spokespeople have made about their intentions for improving conditions for pharmacists without trade union involvement.

Fri 8th February 2019 PDA Union

As Boots pharmacists prepare to vote on whether to recognise the PDA Union at Boots, the PDA Union has looked in to the files and found statements that senior Boots spokespeople have made about improving conditions for pharmacists during the 8 year period that they have worked against pharmacists securing recognition for the PDAU.  But pharmacists are rightly questioning if these words ever actually make the promised improvements.

The PDA Union document below allows Boots pharmacists to see for themselves a selection of the promises made so that they can compare what was said to the reality of their experience working for the company.

Some of these promises repeat previous statements and an additional classic example was highlighted this week, which we also wanted to include in this post:

“It will be a powerful voice”[1]

“…will help give our pharmacists an even more powerful voice within the business” [2]

8 years apart, but what is being promised looks remarkably similar.  One of these quotes is from the launch document for the internal “PPP” forum which the company introduced when pharmacists first moved towards PDAU recognition.  The other, almost identical quote, is from a current document promoting the latest management suggestion of a BJNC (please see bottom of page for which is which) Read more about the BJNC here: https://www.the-pda.org/groundhog-day/ )

You can find the sample of Boots promises and observations here.  Please judge for yourself if these promises have been met.

Boots Promises and Observations

Boots pharmacists and pre-regs should also have received this information from the PDA in the post, week commencing 4 February. The full document can be downloaded below, and contains additional information:

  • What formal recognition would mean to Boots pharmacists
  • “The view from the botanical gardens”
  • How PDAU already help Boots pharmacists
  • Walgreens Boots Alliance announces $1 billion per year cuts within three years, with a focus on the UK

 

thumbnail of Promises promises Boots 8pp A4 PDF

 

Notes:

 [1] “It will be a powerful voice” – Boots, 2019

[2] “…will help give our pharmacists an even more powerful voice within the business”  – launch of PPP, 2011

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.