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Will PDA’s Boots victory trigger a surge in unionised pharmacists?

Will PDA’s Boots victory trigger a surge in unionised pharmacists?

Boots pharmacists can now choose to be represented by a trade union that is independent of the company. Over 92% of registered and pre-registration Boots pharmacists who engaged in a five-week ballot voted in favour of having their pay, hours and holiday negotiated by the Pharmacists' Defence Association (PDA) Union, it was revealed last night.

Fought over eight years, the legal battle has involved the PDA Union making several applications to the Central Arbitration Committee (CAC) – the independent body that makes decisions on statutory union recognition – a judicial review in the High Court, a Court of Appeal challenge, and more than 3,000 pharmacists requesting PDA Union representation (see timeline below).

But the saga may not end with Boots. Lawyers tell C+D

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