TRUST SAYS ‘NO’ TO PEACE FORMULA TO END STRIKE

STRIKING nurses are “bitterly disappointed” that Trust bosses have failed to resolve the dispute over sacked nurse Karen Reissmann.
They say the 150 strikers could have been back at work, if bosses had responded to their peace plan.
Meanwhile it has been agreed that full-time officials from UNISON will meet bosses from Manchester Community and Mental Health Trust tomorrow.
Local UNISON reps had met with Mrs Foley yesterday morning after the nurses confronted the chief executive as she returned to work following a week’s holiday in Dubai.
They demanded an immediate resolution of the damaging dispute, which has left vulnerable mentally ill patients without proper care, during a 30-minute meeting with Mrs Foley.
The nurses said they would return to work immediately if Karen was re-instated pending her appeal against dismissal.
But the Trust today replied with “no”. ┬áMrs Foley said she could not accept re-instating Karen since she had originally sacked her.
Ben Jackson said: “We could have been back in work this morning, if Mrs Foley had wanted us to go back. We put forward a serious proposal which would have ensured that Karen was immediately reinstated and our patients received the care they need. We are deeply disappointed that the Trust haven’t seen fit to respond constructively.”

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