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Money pours in to Karen Reissmann strike fund

13 November 2007
"Since my sacking, trade unionists and campaigners have rallied magnificently to support our strike," Karen Reissmann told Socialist Worker.

All-out strike over sacked health rep

13 November 2007
One of the most crucial strikes in the National Health Service for more than a decade has erupted in defence of sacked union rep and senior nurse Karen Reissmann.

Karen Reissmann sacked for defending our NHS

06 November 2007
Outrage spread across the NHS this week at news of the sacking of leading health trade unionist Karen Reissmann, a nurse with 25 years experience of working in mental health in Manchester.

Leading Unison activist Karen Reissmann sacked

05 November 2007
Leading Unison union activist and psychiatric nurse Karen Reissmann has been sacked by Manchester mental health trust for the "crime" of bringing her employers into disrepute.

Back Manchester NHS workers’ strike

30 October 2007
Manchester Health workers are refusing to allow their bosses to victimise leading Unison union activist Karen Reissmann, and are pledging to continue their strike action until she is returned to her normal duties.

Unison delegates ordered to avoid Yunus Bakhsh support meeting

30 October 2007
Well known Unison union activist Yunus Bakhsh has been suspended from work for his trade union activities for over a year, and the campaign for his reinstatement has gained widespread support – producing some of the biggest fringe meetings at Unison conferences.

Leon Kuhn: deadly infection

30 October 2007

Sicko shows disaster of private health care

30 October 2007
Health trade unionists across Britain have been preparing for this Saturday’s London demonstration for the NHS. Most will have been organising meetings and leafleting hospitals.

Tragedy in Manchester shows real cost of NHS cuts

23 October 2007
The terrible cost of cuts in Manchester’s mental health services is clearly illustrated by the death of William Scott, a 49 year old man from Manchester. William suffered multiple stab wounds that his family say were self inflicted. This tragedy was neither unforeseen nor inevitable.

Health cuts fuel superbug crisis

16 October 2007
Last week’s Healthcare Commission report into patient deaths at the Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS trust is truly shocking.

Suspended for speaking out

16 October 2007
Karen Reissmann, the Manchester psychiatric nurse at the centre of a long running industrial dispute, was suspended for speaking out against a cuts and privatisation plan not very different to those that proved so disastrous at Maidstone and Tunbridge.

Manchester health strikers defend nurse Karen Reissmann

02 October 2007
Management at Manchester mental health trust this week moved closer to disciplining, and possibly even sacking, leading health trade unionist Karen Reissmann.

More strikes to defend activist Karen Reissmann

25 September 2007
Striking mental health workers in Manchester were planning to take the fight for the reinstatement of union rep Karen Reissmann to the Labour Party conference in Bournemouth this week.

Swansea health workers force bosses back at Morriston hospital

25 September 2007
Health workers in Swansea have succeeded in winning a month’s suspension of planned ward closures and job losses after threatening to go on strike.

Build the NHS Together demonstration

25 September 2007
Every trade unionist should join the Unison union’s march to defend the National Health Service, and keep it firmly in the public sector.

Save Whipps Cross hospital meeting

25 September 2007
Up to 300 people attended a public meeting in Woodford Green in north east London organised by the Save Whipps Cross Hospital campaign and Keep Our NHS Public last week.

New strikes to defend Karen Reissmann

18 September 2007
Mental health workers in Manchester decided at a 120-strong union meeting last week to take two further days of action during next week’s Labour Party conference.

Lack of leadership means NHS pay deal accepted

18 September 2007
Hundreds of thousands of health workers are going to receive below-inflation pay awards after union leaders decided on a compromise with the government.

20,000 march for Vale of Leven hospital

11 September 2007
Up to 20,000 people marched last Saturday to save services at the Vale of Leven hospital in West Dunbartonshire, Scotland. There is a widespread feeling that the "substantial downgrading" that is expected to result from a pending report will put people’s lives at risk.

Union delegations join march for Karen Reissmann

11 September 2007
Delegations of Unison union members from across Britain helped to form a confident and determined 500-strong march through Manchester city centre last Sunday.

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