Employment Tribunals

In the event of an impasse between a pharmacist and their employer, the PDA will always try and initially mediate so as to try and reach a satisfactory conclusion.

EMPLOYMENT TRIBUNALS

In the event of an impasse between a pharmacist and their employer, the PDA will always try and initially mediate so as to try and reach a satisfactory conclusion. However, sometimes such negotiations with an employer do not bring a dispute to a satisfactory conclusion. Where it is obvious that an employer is being unreasonable, the PDA supports its members through an Employment Tribunal process which allows for an employment dispute to be decided upon in a court style environment. Membership of the PDA entitles members to up to £500,000 worth of legal defence costs insurance. The Insurance is arranged and administered for PDA members by The Pharmacy Insurance Agency and it enables the payment of a legal advocate or barrister to progress a matter through the Employment Tribunal process.

Pharmacists may be surprised to learn that disputes with employers represent more than 50% of all the defence cases handled by the PDA. This gives some indication as to the extent of the problem of conflicts between employers and employees. Applicable to all employed members, protection is provided in situations where a dispute arises over a contract of employment or a breach of employment-related legislation, which leads to an employment tribunal.

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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