Unite Wales has today welcomed the decision by Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB) not to progress its deeply unpopular proposals to change the rosters of BCUHB nurses, healthcare support workers and operating department practitioners from January 2020.

Unite led a strong campaign opposing the health board's proposals which resulted in an online petition of over 4,500 signatures. A planned demonstration in North Wales tomorrow opposing the proposals has been cancelled.

Reacting to the news today, Peter Hughes Unite Wales regional secretary commented: “The decision by Betsi Cadwaladr not to progress with the changes to staff rosters is a victory for our campaign and will come as a huge relief to the thousands of nurses and health professionals who would have been affected.

"We welcome the fact that Betsi Cadwaladr has listened to our concerns and decided to think again. We also welcome the commitment to work constructively alongside all trade unions representing BCUHB staff. We expect future consultations with us to be far more meaningful than has been the case over this divisive issue. What we certainly will not accept is any further attempt to bring forward changes to staff rosters under another guise.

"This is now an opportunity for Betsi Cadwaladr to put this issue behind it and to encourage a positive climate of industrial relations that can help rebuild the confidence of staff and the general public. It is in the interests of all stakeholders, most importantly the patients, that Betsi Cadwaladr can rely on a workforce that feels truly valued and listened to."


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Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.