Unite Wales Regional Secretary Peter Hughes will today deliver a 3,500 signature petition to Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB) senior management. Unite has led a popular campaign opposing changes to the rosters of BCUHB Nurses, Healthcare Support Workers and Operating Department Practitioners.

Mr Hughes will attempt to hand over the petition today at 2.30pm to Gill Harris, BCUHB Director of Nursing and Midwifery at the Health Boards offices in St Asaph .

Unite Wales Regional Secretary Peter Hughes commented:

“Unite has seen an enormous groundswell of public opinion opposing the Health Boards draconian changes to its hard working employees rosters. This support is clearly reflected in the fact that our petition opposing the changes has now attracted over 3,500 signatures.

If Betsi Cadwaladr want to retain the support of both its employees and the general public then it needs to change course and shelve its proposals. Failure to do so will see a further erosion of confidence in BCUHB, which is in the interests of no one”.

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For further information please contact Unite Wales Press and Media on 02920 394521 or Jo Goodchild on 07918 673742.

The petition will be handed over to BCUHB at 2.30 pm today at the Health Boards offices at Carlton Court, St Asaph Business Park, LL17 0JG. Unite officials and activists will be available for interview at the location.

Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.