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Pharmacists' Defence Association Union negotiates 1.8% pay rise for Boots pharmacists


What about pay rise for the dispensers and pharmacy technicians? Everyone seems to be talking about the pharmacists pay rise whereas other pharmacy colleagues been told this year that they won’t see any increase in their pay for at least next five years. Many of them works harder than some of the pharmacists and yet they don’t get any gratitude for that or any recognition. It is very demotivating for most of them. Many of them earn slightly bit more than a national minimum wage which is disgusting for the amount of work their do in the pharmacy. In my pharmacy dispensers check BNF before dispensing medication to check suitability of the medicine prescribed, and their day to day tasks are not much different from the ones that pharmacists have to do. However Boots as a company doesn’t appreciate and recognise their efforts in the same way as pharmacists. As an an example... “Performing” pharmacist for Boots gets a high bonus and pay rise, often counted in thousands of pounds whilst Performing dispenser doesn’t get anything. Myself, two years ago I had a bonus of 500 pounds where my pharmacist had a bonus of 3000 just because she was a pharmacist, not because she was good at her job or met the targets or simply that she was doing more than I was doing to support the pharmacy.

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5 NOV 2019

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