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a ballot box imageJune 11 2018

The Pharmaceutical Defence Association could become the new negotiating body for Boots’ pharmacists, following a ballot on derecognition of the Boots Pharmacists’ Association.

Turnout from the 6,890 pharmacists and pre-registration pharmacists in the ‘bargaining unit’ at Boots was above 40% meaning the ballot would have a binding outcome. The result saw 2,826 voting in favour of derecognition (86.63% of valid vote), while 436 voted against (13.37% of valid vote).

It means the end of Boots recognising the BPA as the negotiating body for pharmacist employees’ terms and conditions. The vote formally allows agreement to end by order of the Government’s Central Arbitration Committee (CAC). 

“This was the first time this process has ever been undertaken in the UK as no group of employees has ever taken a campaign to end recognition of a non-independent trade union this far down the legal process,” said the PDA.

“Boots’ senior management have always had the option to recognise PDA Union and this option still exists. They could also choose to willingly respect the view of their employees and agree an enhanced arrangement with PDA Union which goes beyond the statutory arrangements.”

The PDA Union has approximately 2,500 members employed at Boots, while the BPA is thought to have around 1,250 members, all of whom work at Boots.

“This result suggests that 35% of BPA members voted the way the BPA Executive recommended. 6.5 times more Boots pharmacists and pre-registration pharmacists (2,390 people) voted in favour of ending the BPA/Boots agreement, so that the PDA Union can be recognised, than voted to continue with the BPA agreement,” said the PDA.

The BPA said it was “obviously disappointed by the result of the ballot but would like to acknowledge the PDAU’s success in the campaign. Over the next few weeks, the BPA executive team will meet to discuss the impact of the ballot and how best to continue serving its members moving forward.”

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PDA announcement      
BPA statement 

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