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Manchester nurses back at work after strike

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Mental health nurses in Manchester have returned to work today, following continuous industrial action in support of sacked colleague and Unison branch secretary Karen Reissmann.

Unison members at Manchester Health and Social Care Trust voted on Friday to suspend their indefinite strike of community mental health teams.

A statement for the trust said: ‘Both sides agree this is in the best interests of all concerned, which fundamentally includes patients.’

However, further strike action by the branch is planned for the New Year. This will form part of a national campaign on the issue, which is being adopted by Unison.

‘Neither me, nor my colleagues nor our supporters are going away,’ Ms Reissmann said.

The community psychiatric nurse was dismissed on 8 November when an internal disciplinary panel declared her guilty of gross misconduct.

She was originally suspended on 15 June 2007, for allegedly damaging the reputation of the trust in a magazine interview.

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