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Karen Reissmann case settled

Issue No. 2136

Leading health trade unionist Karen Reissmann has settled her employment tribunal case against Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust.

Karen, a senior psychiatric nurse with 25 years experience, was sacked in 2007 after she spoke out against cuts and privatisation in the NHS in an interview with a trade magazine.

Around 700 workers at the Trust took 14 days of strike action in her defence, demanding that their Unison union branch chair be reinstated to her job.

The employment tribunal proceedings were ended on Wednesday of this week—the third day of what was scheduled to be a week-long hearing—when it was announced an agreement had been reached.

The details of the settlement are subject to a strict confidentiality clause, with neither Karen nor the Trust allowed to issue any comment beyond an agreed statement.

However, the chair of the tribunal panel said that the case had “involved allegations of inappropriate behaviour and it is important to record that we have made no findings whatsoever as to whether the a case for gross misconduct was made out”.

Alec McFadden, from the North West TUC, said after the proceedings, “I am pleased that it has been resolved and both sides appear to be happy with the agreement. Hopefully Karen will be able to get a job back within the NHS in the future. Certainly her patients need her.”

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