Boots pharmacists and pre-registration graduates who are on annual leave in mid-May could miss out on their chance to vote in the Boots ballot to derecognise the agreement with the BPA after the Central Arbitration Committee declined a request to extend the ballot period.
Ballot papers will be issued to approximately 7,000 pharmacists and pre-registration graduates no sooner than Thursday 10th May and must be received by the company managing the ballot process no later than noon on Wednesday 23rd May. Effectively this gives pharmacists just days to cast their votes.
This is set to place increased importance on those who want to secure an independent voice at work as the ballot law requires a minimum of 40% of those entitled to participate to return a vote for change if the pharmacists are to succeed in their application. The target could become more difficult to meet if some voters are unable to participate due to their planned annual leave. 2,780 people must vote “YES” in the ballot for the PDA Union to proceed with efforts to be the independent voice at work for Boots pharmacists.
Mark Pitt, Assistant General Secretary of PDA Union, said: “The ballot is happening at a time close to bank holidays and is a prime period for annual leave. No sooner was the timetable announced than we heard from individuals concerned that they would be away during the ballot period. We encourage every eligible employee to vote and we applied for the extension to give everyone a chance to express their view. We are disappointed by the CAC decision.”