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The PDA is affiliated to several wider groups because, just as individuals achieve more by joining together as a Trade Union, we can achieve more by working together.

EPhEU (European Association of Employed Community Pharmacists)

EPhEU is the first European-wide organisation representing the interests of employed community pharmacists.

For national professional associations in European countries it has become absolutely necessary to look across their national borders: for organisations representing the interests of employed community pharmacists, the European fundamental principles for regulations on working time, for studying pharmacy and for continuing professional development of pharmacists are as important, as the regulations about the freedom of establishment, the recognition of the professional qualification and those about distance selling.

Founded in 2012 (1st General Assembly on 30th June 2012), EPhEU helps the cross-border cooperation of national organisations representing employed community pharmacists. The exchange of information and experiences is intensified at periodical international meetings, to give a better response to subjects like mobility, working time directive and on-call-time, formation and continuing professional qualification of pharmacists.

Since 2014, EPhEU is an observer member of FIP (International Pharmaceutical Federation).

Read more about EPhEU here.

International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP)

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The International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) is the global body representing pharmacy, pharmaceutical sciences, and pharmaceutical education. Through around 150 national organisations, academic institutional members, and individual members, FIP represent over four million pharmacists, pharmaceutical scientists, and pharmaceutical educators around the world.

Founded in 1912, FIP is a non-governmental organisation with its head office in the Netherlands. Through partnerships and extensive pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences networks, FIP works to support the development of the pharmacy profession, through practice and emerging scientific innovations, and through developing the pharmacy workforce in order to meet the world’s health care needs and expectations.

FIP advances pharmacy worldwide.

General Federation of Trade Unions (GFTU)

The General Federation of Trade Unions is a national trade union centre in Great Britain and describes itself as the ‘federation for specialist unions’.

The General Federation of Trade Unions (GFTU) was created at the 1899 Trades Union Congress in Manchester. Today an annual programme gives an indication of the range of support provided to affiliates.

From developing professional support for General Secretaries, to offering an exceptional programme of trade union management training, to youth and arts festivals, to initial reps training, to detailed specialist research and highly customised support for individual unions, the GFTU have a flexible and expert approach.

Read more about GFTU here.


Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) – Northern Ireland Committee

The Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) is the single umbrella organisation for trade unions on the island of Ireland.

Congress is the largest civil society organisation on the island. It is the apex body representing more than 800,000 workers affiliated through trade unions in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. The organisation is required, through its mission statement, to strive to achieve economic development, social cohesion and justice by upholding the values of solidarity, fairness and equality.

The Northern Ireland Committee (NIC) of the ICTU is the representative body for trade unions with over 200,000 members across Northern Ireland. In membership terms, it is the largest civil society organisation in Northern Ireland.

The ICTU was founded in 1894 and is affiliated to the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC), EuroCadres, the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) and the Trade Union Advisory Committee (TUAC) to the OECD.

Read more about the ICTU here.


Labour Research Department (LRD)

The Labour Research Department (LRD) is the independent, trade union based research organisation.

Affiliated organisations have the right to use LRD’s Enquiry Service – LRD researchers answer questions from affiliates about pay and conditions, health and safety, rights at work or any other relevant area.

Founded in July 1912, LRD has maintained the principles embodied in its initial constitution throughout the last 100 years, and provided its affiliates with a wealth of information and research.

Read more about the LRD here.



The STUC represents over 540,000 trade unionists, the members of more than 40 trade unions and 20 Trades Union Councils in Scotland.

Founded in 1897, the STUC speak for trade union members in and out of work, in the community and in the workplace, in all occupational sectors and across Scotland. Representative structures ensure that the STUC can speak with authority for the interests of women workers, black workers, young workers, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender workers and other groups of trade unionists that otherwise suffer discrimination in the workplace and in society.

STUC policy is set by Annual Congress, which is attended by delegates from affiliated trade unions and trades union councils, each April. Congress elects a General Council to oversee policy and campaigning work over the year.

Read more about the STUC here.


Unions 21

Unions 21 exists to support unions to increase their influence, impact and effectiveness within the world of work.

Unions 21 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.

The organisation was founded in 1999, to help unions prepare for the changing world of work in the ’21st century’, hence the name ‘Unions 21’.

Read more about Unions 21 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.

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