Unite Wales has today called upon Plaid Cymru to support Unite the union's campaign against the proposed changes to nurses' rosters at Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board.

Unite launched its campaign against the health board's proposals on 15 August with an online petition which has now got over 1,400 signatures. Rather than support Unite's campaign, Plaid Cymru Wrexham yesterday launched its own petition, which is almost identical to the Unite petition.

Peter Hughes, Unite Wales regional secretary, commented: “These changes to nurses' rosters are extremely unpopular with staff, Unite is determined to fight them through a strong and focused campaign. For Plaid Cymru to attempt to hijack our campaign is unhelpful political opportunism which could potentially dilute the campaign's effectiveness and play into the hands of the health board."

"Unite's campaign is not party political and we welcome the support of politicians from across the political spectrum as we seek to reverse these draconian proposals. I am calling upon Plaid Cymru to take down the copycat petition and get behind Unite's campaign to support Betsi Cadwaladr nurses and health support staff."

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For further information please contact Unite Wales Press and Media on 02920 394521 or Daryl Williams on 07764 655755

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