Cookie policy: This site uses cookies (small files stored on your computer) to simplify and improve your experience of this website. Cookies are small text files stored on the device you are using to access this website. For more information please take a look at our terms and conditions. Some parts of the site may not work properly if you choose not to accept cookies.


Subscribe or Register

Existing user? Login

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

Have your say

For commenting, please login or register as a user and agree to our Community Guidelines. You will be re-directed back to this page where you will have the ability to comment.

Recommended from Pharmaceutical Press

Search an extensive range of the world’s most trusted resources

Powered by MedicinesComplete
  • Print
  • Share
  • Comment
  • Save
  • Print Friendly Version of this pagePrint Get a PDF version of this webpagePDF

Supplementary images

  • Boots logo

Newsletter Sign-up

Want to keep up with the latest news, comment and CPD articles in pharmacy and science? Subscribe to our free alerts.