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TRUST BOSS BACKS DOWN OVER THREAT TO REPORT STRIKING NURSES

The boss who sacked Karen Reissmann and then went on holiday has tried to intimidate the striking health workers.

But the bully-boy move backfired for Manchester Mental Health Trust chief executive Sheila Foley, who returned from Dubai only on Tuesday.
Sun-tanned Shelia, who is paid £135,000 a year, issued an hysterical statement to the press threatening to report the 150 striking nurses to their professional bodies for misconduct.

It was a clear attempt to try and frighten and intimidate the striking nurses back to work.
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Bully-boy Mrs Foley had already made the threat once before in a letter to Karen’s colleagues when they began their solidarity strike.

But while she was house-hunting in Dubai the strikers had contacted their professional bodies, including the Nursing and Midwifery Council, to find out if Mrs Foley could carry out her threat. The nurses were told very clearly that they had the right to strike and it was their management’s responsibility to organise cover.

A complaint could only be made against a striking nurse to the Council if the nurse had done something specific to affect a specific patient. A general complaint would be laughed out of court.

Yesterday – 24 hours after making a shrill second threat – bully boy Ms Foley was forced to backdown and withdraw her ultimatum at a meeting with regional officials from the nurses’ union UNISON.

She also agreed to bring Karen’s appeal forward a week to December 3.

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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”.  Mrs 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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PEACE TALKS TO END ‘STRIKE FOR KAREN’ TO CONTINUE THIS MORNING…

TRUST bosses want to continue peace talks with mental health nurses who are staging an all-out strike for the re-instatement of Karen Reissmann.

Trust chief executive Shelia Foley emerged from her office today to ask for a further meeting with nurse reps this morning.

That meeting is now set to take place at 9 am at the Trust’s Headquarters at Chorlton House on Manchester Road.

But so far the Trust have not yet responded to a peace deal which the nurses proposed at the start of talks yesterday morning. It would mean that the strike would be temporarily suspended if Karen is re-instated by the Trust pending her appeal against dismissal.

UNISON officials are hoping the Trust will this morning give them a formal response to their peace proposal.

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BREAKTHROUGH IN STRIKE: TRUST BOSS RETURNS FROM DUBAI AND AGREES PEACE TALKS

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STRIKING nurses won a huge victory today when they forced Trust boss Sheila Foley to agree to peace talks.

They confronted Mrs Foley as she returned to work from a weeks holiday in Dubai and demanded that she begin immediate talks to settle the strike in support of Karen Reissmann.

And within minutes, Mrs Foley who looked “tanned but strained” according to the Manchester Evening News, emerged from Trust HQ in Manchester to agree to a meeting.

Nurse union reps then submitted a demand that Karen should be immediately reinstated pending her appeal aginst her sacking. In return, the nurses would call off their two-week old stoppage and return to work.

The Trust spent most of the day considering the peace offer from the nurses, but had still not responded by 4 pm or 5.15pm or 9.15pm

The breakthrough came shortly after 7 am this morning when nurses gathered on the picket line to greet Mrs Foley as she arrived back at her desk.

She was handed a letter demanding immediate negotiations – and then re-emerged from the Trust building to agree to meet representatives at 9 am.

After that 30-minute meeting, Karen said:”We are delighted that Mrs Foley has met UNISON reps to discuss how to end this strike as soon as possible.

“It is the first time the Trust have been willing to talk and we are very relieved that we have now been able to get round the table to try to sort out this dispute.

“None of us want to be on strike – we would much rather be back caring for our patients. We hope the Trust will now respond positively and constructively to our proposals.” 

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CHILLY RECEPTION FOR SUN-KISSED SHEILA

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GLOBE-TROTTING chief executive Sheila Foley faces a chilly reception tomorrow when she returns to work from sun-kissed Dubai.

Striking nurses in Manchester are demanding that the the first thing Mrs Foley does (after she has touched up her tan, of course) is call an emergency meeting to settle the dispute.

Mrs Foley flew to Dubai to house hunt on the day that 150 mental health nurses began an indefinite strike in support of sacked colleague Karen Reissmann.

“This caused outrage from staff, patients and carers alike who were left feeling that she didn’t care about any potential impact on patients nor did she have any interest in trying to resolve the situation” said Caroline Bedale, UNISON Branch Secretary.

Karen said: “Sheila Foley must make ending this dispute her top priority. We want to discuss with her first thing tomorrow how she can resolve this damaging dispute.”

Strikers are to meet at 7 am on Tuesday 20th November outside the Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust headquarters, Chorlton House, 70 Manchester road, M21 9UN.

If you would like to join the picket or would like more information, please contact Andy Gill, UNISON Regional Officer, TEL: 0161 211 1000, Karen Reissmann Branch Chair, 07972120451 or Caroline Bedale Branch Secretary 07931152001.

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STRIKE RALLY DEMANDS PEACE TALKS WITH REGIONAL HEALTH CHIEFS

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A PACKED rally in support of sacked nurse Karen Reissmann has demanded peace talks with the Regional Health Authority to settle the strike.

The rally drew more than 300 supporters to the Mechanics Institute in Manchester including mental health nurses, service users, Trust staff and other trade unionists.

The rally was told that Trust bosses were “frozen in the headlights” by the publicity surrounding the sacking of Karen and had failed to make any attempt to settle the strike and reinstate her.

UNISON rep, Val Midson (pictured below with Karen) told the rally:” I am absolutely furious that Shelia Foley, who is being paid £135,000 a year as the Trust chief executive, had the nerve to fly off on holiday to Dubai just days after sacking Karen.

“We are now demanding that, while she is away on holiday, the Regional Health Authority immediately step in and start talking to us about ending this dispute. We have serious concerns about the level of care the Trust is now able to provide to our patients.

“But it is easy for them to resolve this dispute – they can reinstate Karen Reissman and let the rest of us get back to work looking after the patients.”

The rally, filmed by the BBC, was repeatedly interrupted by huge rounds of applause after patients, staff and trade unionists from outside the health service, pledged their support for the strike.

The rally was told that the Trust was renting 20 extra beds at a private hospital in Cheadle for the duration of the strike. But the extra beds would be axed when the strike ended – and NHS patients would return to the waiting list.

Karen told the rally: “The Trust have hired private investigators, a private PR firm and now private beds in this dispute. Those beds should be for our patients for the future, not just the next few weeks.

“We have 150 dedicated people out on strike who should be back in work providing care for people. But the chief executive has buggered off on holiday – so we now need to go over her head and say to the Regional Health Authority ‘we want this strike resolved'”.

Supporters were asked to contact local MP’s and councillors and help rally support for a major demonstration which will take place in Manchester on November 24th.

Karen Reissmann and Val Midson

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SACKED KAREN LEFT OUT IN COLD WHILE HEALTH BOSS JETS OFF TO SUNNY DUBAI

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The health boss who sacked Karen Reissmann and started an all-out strike by 180 staff has jetted off on holiday to Dubai.

Sheila Foley boss who sacked whistleblower Karen ReissmannSheila Foley, £100,000-a-year chief executive of the Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust, flew out as staff gathered around braziers on picket lines outside the Trust’s headquarters.

Before she left for the sun, Ms Foley had sacked UNISON shop steward Karen Reissmann for speaking out against cuts and privatisation.

A spokesperson for the ‘Reinstate Karen Reissmann’ campaign said: “Ms Foley should call off her holiday immediately and return to Britain to settle the strike she started by giving Karen her job back.

“While Karen is left out in the cold with 180 colleagues, leaving dozens of patients anxious and fearful, Ms Foley disappears off to the sunshine without a ‘by your leave’! It’s an utter disgrace.

“No wonder Karen felt she had to speak out if this is the kind of uncaring and irresponsible management in charge of mental health services to some of the most vulnerable people.”

The Manchester Evening News carried the story of Ms Foley’s disappearance to Dubai on their front page today under the headline: ’STRIKE ROW BOSS IN DESERT STORM’. You can read it here.

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