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  • PDAU and senior Boots managers meet to discuss ongoing dispute

    Talks have been held between members of the Pharmacists’ Defence Association Union (PDAU) and senior managers from Boots as part of an ongoing dispute over the legal status of the Boots Pharmacists’ Association (BPA).

    The meeting, which took place on 1 December 2017, is the latest development in a five-year battle by six Boots pharmacists to derecognise the BPA and secure independent representation at work through gaining collective bargaining rights for the PDAU.

    Last month, the Central Arbitration Committee (CAC), which resolves workplace disputes, accepted a legal application by the group of pharmacists to dissolve the BPA, triggering a 20-day statutory negotiating period. 

    Mark Pitt, assistant general secretary of the PDAU, which is representing the six pharmacists, said three options were on the table. The first, that Boots terminates its agreement with the BPA to allow the PDAU to formally apply for recognition, the second that the six applicants withdraw their application and the third that no agreement is reached.

    If no agreement is reached by the 13 December deadline, a final decision will be made by secret ballot.

    Pitt said: “Friday’s meeting was constructive but there was little concrete progress as we are still in the negotiating period.”

    He confirmed a meeting would also take place with the BPA as part of the ongoing negotiations.

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