KHMU Newsletter <No. 3> January 19, 2020
President Na Sun-ja of the KHMU went on a hunger strike at the Yeungnam University Medical Center
The KHMU President Na went on an indefinite huger strike on January 9th at the lobby of the Yeungnam University Medical Center where the health workers’ national union held a press conference in the morning. At the media session, President Na urged the Medical Center to guarantee the free exercise of trade union and reinstate fired workers.
She also added, “Union-busting actions are against the Constitution, while clearly being criminal. Nonetheless, the Medical Center have not admitted its illegal actions if not apologies. They even reject the arbitration proposal suggested by the arbitrator who they themselves nominated. By the day when the fired worker gets back to work, I will never stop this hunger strike and continue to fight with 70,000 KHMU members and comrades at the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU).”
With President Na’s hunger strike, we have witnessed even more struggles in solidarity by those who want to see the problems at the Medical Center solved. The head of the Daegu Branch at the KCTU and representatives of the civil society plan to join in the hunger strike from January 13th onward. On 15th, at the interchange before the Medical Center, the KCTU-organized Resolution Rally for Victory of the Fight at the Yeungnam University Medical Center held with around 5,000 KCTU members.
Ms. Park Moon-jin(Nurses) who was fired by the Medical Center 14 years ago are still on the rooftop for protest which she started on July 1, last year. She continues to do so for 203 days now as of January 19.