worker strike to continue
By Angela Hussain
strike by mental health workers in support of sacked psychiatric
nurse Karen Reissmann is continuing, despite her losing an appeal
against the decision to dismiss her.
Ms Reissmann was sacked by Manchester
Mental Health and Social Care Trust in November after talking to
the media against NHS
cuts, including those to her trust.
The sacking triggered an indefinite
strike by up to 150 mental health workers in Manchester.
Ms Reissmann, a union representative,
has vowed to fight on and revealed to the Manchester Evening News
newspaper yesterday that union members had decided to carry on the
Ms Reissmann said: "People
are angry. They feel I have been sacked for speaking out and are
worried that decisions will be made in the future without staff
being able to voice their concerns.
"Members of the [Unison] union
have decided that they are not going to stop the strike."
She told journalists her union
will look at taking the trust to the European Court of Human Rights.
Sheila Foley, the trust's chief
executive, said: "If we are to make the much needed improvements
to mental health services in Manchester then we need everyone back
"Improving care and services
is the job I was brought here to do, it's what I want to get on
with and everyone within the trust has a part to play in being able
to achieve it.
"As a part of that process
I want positive dialogue with Unison. It is vital for our carers
and service users that the Trust now puts this episode behind them
and moves on."
interview with Ms Reissmann
Nov 15, 2007: "Very good"
mental health nurse sacked after talking to media - but Sheila
Foley, chief executive of the Manchester trust says: "I believe
this is the right decision in the best interest of the trust and
the patients we care for."
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