Una O’Farrell.

The Pharmacists Defence Association (PDA) has appointed Una O’Farrell as its new regional official for Northern Ireland.

Una has joined the organising and engagement department of the association. A community pharmacist locum, she will support PDA members in Northern Ireland, including co-ordinating the regional committee members who represent all sectors of pharmacy, the PDA said.

As a regional official, Una will work with representatives within GP Federations, where the PDA recently reached a voluntary recognition agreement to negotiate pay, holiday, and other terms and conditions for pharmacists.

Una replaces Leon O’Hagan, who was instrumental in the recognition discussions, and she will soon work with Paul Maloney, PDA National Officer, and members to develop their pay claim for 2021.

“I look forward to representing the views of pharmacists within the ICTU which shapes and influences policy in key areas, such as taxation, employment legislation, education, and social policy,” Una said.

“With the experience of the PDA team, I’m listening, and ready to support the professional endeavours of the entire cross-section of members so that collectively we meet our maximum potential.”

The PDA recently affiliated to the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) which is the recognised national centre for trade unions across the island of Ireland.

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