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I am surprised Gerry hasn't said the judge was wrong!

I should say, I am surprised Boots got away with cheating their employees for so long.

Locums should also refuse to work at Boots for anything less than double time. But they will be too gutless.

Come on PDA, organise a national strike of pharmacists at Boots and demand £50/hour. Boots will be forced to capitulate in weeks as their business will be destroyed.
£9k fees for 4 years to earn peanuts. Come on, stand up and fight like men!
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Boots employees win legal battle over Sunday rate cuts
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02/05/12 16:56as a reply to Din Patel.
It is precisely because of reasons such as this that I never joined the BPA. They are not prepared to stand up to company policies such as this.

Have grave doubts about a national strike by Boots pharmacists or even the pharmacy profession itself. We are simply too divided to get such a degree of unity.
Boots employees win legal battle over Sunday rate cuts
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02/05/12 19:02as a reply to Din Patel.
Hello Din, I don't think is a big setback because it is a genuine dispute and these matters arise all the time in the best run organisations.

On balance I do believe that Boots are still one of the better employers in community pharmacy as there are good employee benefits such as bonuses, decent pay, company pension, mileage, GPhC fees paid, RPS fee support, staff discount, supportive management, sick pay, CPD, post graduate study, career development and so on.

I think that most Boots employees view their employment as a decent package and don't have much time for the negative press that the company gets from some quarters.

Take care Din!
Boots employees win legal battle over Sunday rate cuts
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02/05/12 20:00as a reply to Din Patel.
Really silly move by the employees. Boots will have no choice but to recoupe their losses by job cuts. Therefore more unemployment! Well done PDA!!!
Boots employees win legal battle over Sunday rate cuts
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03/05/12 07:55as a reply to Din Patel.
The following comment was sent in via email from Mark McDaniel:

Tribunal Decision is that Boots were WRONG to take 25% pay off it longest serving members of staff. Now there is a surprise because anybody with any common sense or decency would know that this is wrong to target part time workers who have served and built up the business to what is today and implement a 25% cut in their pay. My wife has 27 years unbroken and loyal service with Boots and is one of those who fought this as since Sunday trading started, she has given up weekends away with family and all the other family time that the senior managers at boots have enjoyed with their families and i am proud that she has stood up and been counted and not rolled over and accepted this, which is more than can be said by many of the people moaning but not prepared to step up and do anything about it. All i can see is that these people are clearly happy to accept a 25% cut in thier pay and this time next year they will be on single time, because this is the thin end of the wedge for boots long term plans hiding behind the mask they call "No 1 Customer Care"

Good Decision by the Tribunal and 1 in the face for Boots the Giant.
Boots employees win legal battle over Sunday rate cuts
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03/05/12 13:04as a reply to Din Patel.
Should the Boots Superintendent now face action by the GPhC for bringing the profession into disrepute and acting dishonestly?
Boots employees win legal battle over Sunday rate cuts
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03/05/12 13:06as a reply to Din Patel.
Boots pharmacy staff are frightened to record anything negative in their annual "phone in" satisfaction survey for fear of being identified and singled out. As usual, operations driven by accountants and deployed by non pharmacist managers ..... numbers and volumes are ALL that matter to Boots Co.
Boots employees win legal battle over Sunday rate cuts
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03/05/12 19:39as a reply to Din Patel.
No - the superintendent is surely a guardian for the way in which pharmacy is practised in a company, not how a business decides on operational costs.
Boots employees win legal battle over Sunday rate cuts
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04/05/12 09:12as a reply to Din Patel.
Equally, that was a personal decision to work part time on a Sunday. In some respects there is a touch of self interest in preserving £40-£45 per hour while colleagues work for normal pay and when compared to someone workining for minumum wage then it is outrageous.
Boots employees win legal battle over Sunday rate cuts
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04/05/12 22:25as a reply to Din Patel.
Yes well done the PDA !!

You see it's times like these when you need back up that there is someone there with the expertise.

The remit. The will. The guts and tenacity to meet it head on.

We might say and think we deserve x pounds per hour because we have a difficult job and spent a few years at Uni.

There are many others who could argue this and they earn less than we do at 'normal rates'.

The most important issue is a company has been held to account for the way it has handled a pay issue by acting like it is untouchable.

If staff have volunteered to work Sundays - it is another matter. At least they should have allowed a proper grievance over the pay reduction.

This is a rare positive among the torrent of issues and problems we have currently and I hope it sends out the message that you can't treat pharmacists unfairly simply because of their ethics and good will.

From now on they might just bite back !
Boots employees win legal battle over Sunday rate cuts
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05/05/12 18:20as a reply to Din Patel.
Its ironic Boots got Booted!!

I agree in treatiing patients with respect but not with disrespecting and mistreating loyal staff members, how embarrasing.

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