PDAU comment on NHS Tayside industrial action

The PDA Union are sending a message of support to pharmacy support workers and their trade union involved in industrial action at NHS Tayside. The PDAU is also advising PDAU members how to care for patients while respecting the strike action.

Fri 20th September 2019 PDA Union

The PDA Union respects other independent trade unions and offers a message of solidarity and support to our colleagues in Unite who are undertaking industrial action at NHS Tayside. We all want to see an efficient and effective pharmacy service at NHS Tayside, and that means paying pharmacy support staff fairly, through a grading system, which truly reflects their responsibilities.

Guidance to PDAU members about official picket lines

Where another union undertaking industrial action establishes an official picket line, refusal to cross it would render a non-striking pharmacist liable to be disciplined, including the deduction of salary as it would be considered as participating in un-balloted industrial action.

The single exception to this is where there are genuine grounds to believe that crossing the picket line would put the person concerned at risk of injury.  In such circumstances, members should contact their senior/department manager for guidance.

In all other circumstances, members should cross the picket line if they are due to work.  Those picketing should be assured that PDAU members who cross the picket line will not undertake work that those on strike would normally have carried out, if this is at all avoidable.  However, patient safety and care will always be the priority for pharmacists, in accordance with their professional duties, the NHS terms of service and their employment contracts.

Pharmacists should ensure that pharmacy managers are aware of any consequences of striking colleagues being absent.  Messages of support for the colleagues taking lawful industrial action can also be shared.

Read more about this dispute on the website of Unite the Union

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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