"We respect the right of our colleagues to become members of a trade body of their choice," a Boots UK spokesperson told C+D exclusively yesterday (August 3).
"However, in order to best serve the interests of our pharmacy and wider Boots colleague population, we believe it is essential to build great relationships between pharmacists, their line managers and their local teams."
Six Boots pharmacists launched a legal challenge last week to have their pay, hours and holiday collectively negotiated by the PDA Union. The challenge was delivered to the Central Arbitration Committee (CAC) – the independent body responsible for resolving workplace disputes – on July 28.
"We always engage with colleagues on matters affecting them, through our colleague forums and line managers," Boots added.
"We will continue to work with the Boots Pharmacists' Association (BPA) to deliver the best working environment."
CAC appoints panel
According to a PDA statement published on Wednesday (August 2), the CAC has appointed a three-person panel to consider the challenge.
The panel has an extendable 10 working days from receiving the application to accept or reject it, the PDA said.
Should the application be accepted, there will be a “further 20 working days” for “negotiations between all parties” to try to reach an agreement, it added.
For a timeline of the Boots and PDA saga from 2012 to 2017, click here