70 votes that saw the end of Boots’ staff association

The ballot to derecognise Boot’s staff association was legitimised by just 70 votes. 

With 2,756 people required to vote in favour of derecognising the Boots Pharmacists Association to meet the strict 40% legal threshold, the target was reached  – just – with 2,826 votes (86.63%).436 (13.37%) people voted against.

The result paves the way for the independent Pharmacists Defence Association Union (PDA Union) to apply for recognition at the High Street store.

PDA Union general secretary John Murphy said: “Our objective in this process has always been, and always will be, to achieve outcomes that are in the best interest of current and future pharmacists at Boots.

“I’ve said before – and I’ll repeat – we are are never going to give up working for our members and we will keep them advised of our next steps.

“I continue to invite the senior management at Boots to voluntarily work with us for the benefit of their employees and the company as a whole. Together we can make sure Boots is a business success in a way that also fairly manages people in a healthy working environment, respects them as professionals, rewards them appropriately and has working practices that improve patient safety.

“The PDA Union look forwards to a time when Boots’ senior management agree to work with us as the legitimate independent voice of their pharmacists.” 

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