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Interim decision in Boots judicial review halts union recognition process

By News team

The PDA Union’s bid to represent Boots pharmacists for collective bargaining on pay, hours and holidays has been further delayed this week (22 January 2014) after the High Court issued an interim decision to halt the process in a judicial review brought by Boots.

Boots’s judicial review challenged a January 2013 ruling by the Central Arbitration Committee (CAC) that the PDA Union be allowed to progress with its application to represent Boots pharmacists.

Although the High Court judge halted the union recognition process, he delayed making a final ruling until the PDA Union has had the opportunity to submit an application to assess the incompatibility of UK law with the European Convention on Human Rights. “It is not appropriate for me to make any final order on this claim until the PDAU has had a chance to consider whether to apply in this litigation for a declaration of incompatibility,” said Mr Justice Keith.

The PDA Union said in a statement: “Unfortunately the judicial review decision is likely to bring the statutory process to a halt for the time being.” It is currently considering its next steps.

In a statement Boots said that the CAC should not have departed from the wording of existing UK legislation in arriving at its original decision.


See also: Boots union judgment expected in weeks

Cautious optimism from PDA as application to represent Boots pharmacists gets green light

 

Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal DOI: 10.1211/PJ.2014.11133304

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