Unite Wales has today (5 September) organised a demonstration to lobby a meeting of the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB). The demonstration is part of Unite's campaign opposing the changes to the rosters of BCUHB nurses, healthcare support eorkers and operating department practitioners.

The demonstration will commence at 09:00 and will be attended by affected staff and their supporters. The demonstration will take place outside the Betsi Cadwaladr Health Board meeting taking place at Conwy Business Park.

Gareth Parry, Unite BCUHB branch chair, said: “At the heart of this demonstration there is a matter of trust and confidence for BCUHB nursing staff, healthcare support workers and operating department practioners.

"As a healthcare support worker myself I know that many of us already forgo our breaks in the name of patient care. Introducing an extra unpaid 30 minute break that we will struggle to take over each shift risks exploiting our professional dedication to our chosen vocation and our patients.

"To add insult to injury nursing staff, healthcare support workers and operating department practioners will also be required to work back these untaken breaks at a later date to maintain our current pay. This proposal will do nothing to improve morale, retention of staff or patient care.

"The Unite Betsi Cadwaladr Health Board branch is calling on the BCUHB board to intervene and withdraw this proposal. If BCUHB is serious about our welfare it should be ensuring that we are able to take their current breaks in full before implementing an ill judged proposal that will make BCUHB more reliant on its dedicated staff working additional hours a week for no extra pay.”


Notes to editors:

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

  • The demonstration will be taking place from 09.00 on 5 September at Conwy Business Park, Junction Way, Llandudno Junction, LL31 9XX. Unite officials and activists will be available for interview at the demonstration.