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PDA Union given go-ahead to proceed with Boots application

By News team

The PDA Union has been given the go-ahead to proceed with its application to represent Boots pharmacists in collective bargaining, after the decision was made by the Central Arbitration Committee.

The PDA Union first asked Boots in January 2012 for formal recognition as a trade union for its pharmacists. But Boots opposed the union when it made an application to the CAC, saying that it already had an agreement with the Boots Pharmacists Association.

The CAC ruled on 29 January 2013 that the PDA Union could continue with its application.

A spokeswoman for Boots told PJ Online that the company works with a number of trade unions across its business functions and respects the right of all colleagues to become a member of a trade union of their choice.

“We believe we have acted consistently throughout this process, putting the interests of our patients and our pharmacists at the forefront and acted properly and within the letter of the law. We can confirm we are seeking to review the CAC’s decision and we will continue to work with our pharmacy teams to improve how we care for our patients and make Boots a better place to work,” she added. 

Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal DOI: 10.1211/PJ.2013.11116405

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