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Health workers vote to end strike
Karen Reissmann (Pic: MEN syndication)
Workers are due to return on Monday
Hundreds of mental health workers who went on strike indefinitely after one of their colleagues was sacked are to return to work.

Psychiatric nurse Karen Reissman said she was dismissed for bringing the trust into disrepute by criticising cuts in mental health services.

She appealed but was found guilty of gross misconduct by the Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust.

Unison members have now voted to suspend their strike.

The community mental health teams have staged a series of strikes and rallies since Ms Reissman was suspended in June.

They are due to return to work on Monday.

'National campaign'

Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust and Unison said that following protracted negotiations an agreement has been reached.

In a joint statement they said: "Both sides agree this is in the best interests of all concerned, which fundamentally includes patients."

Dave Prentis, Unison general secretary, said: "Unison will not be silenced and we shall continue to campaign through all available channels to obtain Karen's reinstatement."

Unison added that further strike action was planned for the new year.

Ms Reissman said: "I would like to thank all those colleagues who have supported my case so far and know we are all committed to an on-going national campaign to obtain my reinstatement.

"Neither me, nor my colleagues nor our supporters are going away," she added.

SEE ALSO
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10 Sep 07 |  Manchester
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