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Karen Reissmann: barred from election for being victimised

04 March 2008
Karen Reissmann, the nurse and leading union activist at the centre of a long-running strike for the right to speak out against cuts and privatisation, has been delivered a vicious blow – not by her former employers, but by those conducting elections in her own union, Unison.

Health round-up

04 March 2008
Sheffield Cutlers Hall Around 40 student nurses, health workers and patients gathered outside Sheffield’s Cutlers Hall on Thursday last week to protest against Virgin Healthcare’s attempt to make profits from the NHS.

Protests continue against Virgin Healthcare roadshow

26 February 2008
Protests against the privatisation of the NHS are continuing outside the Virgin Healthcare roadshow that tours Britain.

Back Yunus Bakhsh as bosses step up the pressure

26 February 2008
There was further evidence this week of the pressure that the Northumberland, Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland mental health NHS trust is putting upon leading union activist Yunus Bakhsh.

Health trust’s latest insult to Yunus Bakhsh

19 February 2008
Management at one of the biggest health service organisations in Britain, the Newcastle North Tyneside and Northumberland mental health NHS trust, is going to extraordinary measures to sack respected union activist and psychiatric nurse Yunus Bakhsh.

Campaigning for Karen Reissmann

12 February 2008
The fight to reinstate Manchester Unison union activist Karen Reissmann to her job as a community psychiatric nurse continues with campaigners this week launching a series of initiatives.

Cuts in number of health visitors puts Waltham Forest children at risk

12 February 2008
Health visitors in east London, who have suffered a 40 percent reduction in numbers since 2000, are warning that unless cuts are reversed the safety of hundreds of children could be compromised.

NHS privatisation: the ‘sicko’ firms who are after your GP surgery

05 February 2008
Multinational firms have got their eyes on your local doctor’s surgery.

Health workers lobby for Karen Reissmann

22 January 2008
Mental health workers in Manchester plan to lobby health minister Ivan Lewis MP this Friday as part of their campaign for the reinstatement of nurse and union activist Karen Reissmann.

Defend Yunus Bakhsh

22 January 2008
The campaign against the victimisation of leading health trade unionist Yunus Bakhsh received a boost this week.

Step up fight over Karen Reissmann sacking

08 January 2008
Outrage at the sacking of psychiatric nurse Karen Reissmann for speaking out against cuts and privatisation of mental health services continues to be a cause of acute embarrassment for health bosses in Manchester.

More ‘reforms’ for the NHS

08 January 2008
Gordon Brown has decided that the NHS’s 60th birthday should be celebrated with an expansion of the very policies that have undermined it.

Defend Yunus Bakhsh

08 January 2008
Supporters of Yunus Bakhsh, the leading health trade unionist who has suffered a long-running victimisation by his employers for union activity, are planning a major fundraising operation on his behalf.

Groundswell of opposition beats Lancashire health privatisation

08 January 2008
Campaigners in Preston are celebrating a decisive victory against the privatisation of health services.

300 at defend NHS social back Yunus Bakhsh

17 December 2007
More than 300 trade unionists from the north east of England last week packed into a social to defend the NHS.

Defend Yunus Bakhsh

11 December 2007
The campaign continues to defend leading health trade unionist Yunus Bakhsh.

Karen Reissmann: fury as appeal upholds sacking of NHS activist

11 December 2007
Mental health workers in Manchester reacted with anger to the decision of their NHS trust this week to uphold the sacking of leading union activist and psychiatric nurse Karen Reissmann.

Fury as Karen Reissmann sacking upheld

10 December 2007
Mental health workers in Manchester reacted with fury to the decision of their NHS trust to uphold the sacking of leading union activist Karen Reissmann.

On the march to defend sacked trade unionist Karen Reissmann

27 November 2007
Trade unionists and health campaigners from across Britain demonstrated in Manchester on Saturday of last week to demand the reinstatement of nurse Karen Reissmann, who was sacked last month for speaking out against cuts and privatisation.

Growing solidarity for Karen Reissmann

20 November 2007
Solidarity is pouring in for mental health strikers in Manchester who are fighting for the reinstatement of their union branch chair Karen Reissmann.

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