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More strikes planned for Karen Reissmann

Issue No. 2072

NHS members in Manchester have struck and protested (Pic: Colin Barker)

NHS members in Manchester have struck and protested (Pic: Colin Barker)

Hundreds of health workers in Manchester mental health trust are set to take further strike action in defence of their Unison union branch chair Karen Reissmann.

Karen, who has worked as a psychiatric nurse in Manchester for 25 years, was suspended from work more than three months ago after she spoke out against cuts and privatisation.

Over 700 workers have taken strike action on a number of occasions in support of Karen and the NHS.

Management have announced that they are to start disciplinary hearings against Karen on Thursday of next week.

Chief executive Sheila Foley is taking personal charge of the disciplinary.

The workers are in determined mood and management have failed to divide them.

They have responded to management by declaring that they will strike on each of the days of disciplinary – Thursday and Friday of next week and Monday 22 October.

They are calling for union branches to send delegations and banners to their picket lines on each day, but particularly on the Thursday.

Many union branches are now making their second or third large donation to the workers’ strike fund, with many contributing more than £1,000 on each occasion.

The last meeting of the Oxford and District TUC took a report of how:

  • Local branches have now contributed over £3,500 to the Manchester strike fund.
  • The issue has been raised strongly at the Unison regional health committee.
  • The delegation to the Manchester demo on 9 September has produced a report which is going out to 4,000 local health workers.

Rush donations and messages of support to the Manchester community and mental health Unison branch, 70 Manchester Road, M21 9UN.

You can also email messages of support to Download the union branch’s petition to reinstate Karen from the campaign website at »

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Tue 9 Oct 2007, 18:07 BST
Issue No. 2072
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