Mandate Trade Union present case for pay increase and improvements to working conditions for LloydsPharmacy members

Friday 26 April 2019

LloydsPharmacy management refuse to attend Labour Court

Mandate Trade Union presented the case for all LloydsPharmacy members to receive improvements to their terms and conditions of employment at the Labour Court today (Friday, 26th April 2019).

Mandate’s claim includes demands for:

  • A 3.4% pay increase backdated to 1st April 2019 for 12 months;
  • The establishment of transparent incremental pay scales across all grades in line with Boots Ireland;
  • Improvements to the Sick Pay Scheme from the current 4 day sick pay scheme to 25 days;
  • Improvements in Annual Leave Entitlements from the current maximum of 22 days up to 29 in line with Boots Ireland; and
  • Improvements to Public Holiday & Sunday Premium payments from time and a third to time and a half.

Management for the company did not attend the hearing, which Mandate’s Assistant General Secretary, Gerry Light, said exposed their attitude towards their own workers and the State’s industrial relations machinery.

“Unfortunately, yet again, LloydsPharmacy management have attempted to deny their workers their basic human right to be represented by a trade union of their choice for collective bargaining purposes,” said Mr Light.

He added, “Last year the company made several concessions on pay and benefits based on our campaign for decent jobs and decent pay for LloydsPharmacy workers.

“The pay increase implemented for 2018 had an expiry date of 31st March 2019. We are now well past that point so we believe our members are entirely justified in seeking another pay increase, along with improvements to other conditions of employment.

“We believe our demands are very reasonable and will bring Lloyds Pharmacy workers’ conditions of employment closer to that of workers in their main competitor, Boots Ireland, where workers are afforded the right to be represented by Mandate,” concluded Mr Light.

Mandate expects to hear a result from the case in the coming weeks and will keep all members updated.

If you work in LloydsPharmacy or any other pharmacy group, Mandate is your trade union. You can join by going to