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Mental health bosses in Manchester have agreed to review a controversial reorganisation, which lead to a strike and the sacking of a union rep.
More than a hundred members of the union UNISON will return to work on Monday after a five week walk-out in support of their victimised colleague Karen Reissmann.
Karen, a nurse, was sacked for speaking to the media about the transfer of NHS care to the voluntary sector leading to worse conditions for mental health workers.
As part of a return-to-work agreement, management at the Chorlton-based Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust will meet UNISON representatives to discuss the union members’concerns.
The reorganisation, called Change in Mind, was introduced in August 2007.
It meant that crisis resolution and assertive outreach teams were increased, using money saved by massively cutting the ten community mental health teams.
Karen said: “The management made a commitment to UNISON reps in negotiations to have an urgent review of the implementation of Change in Mind and the problems that have arisen as a result.
“A UNISON rep has been asked to provide a list of our concerns for a meeting on Monday, December 17. After that there will be daily meetings to review the return to work.
“Without the strike we would never have achieved this. My colleagues have got the message through to
management. They can return to work with their heads held high.”
Karen lost an appeal against dismissal last week.
UNISON is planning to take her case to an employment tribunal and to continue a political campaign for her reinstatement.
Seven of the strikers have volunteered to become new union reps to carry on Karen’s work in the trust.


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