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Solidarity message from Phillip Jennings General Secretary of UNI Global unions to the Korean Health and Medical Workers’ Union(KHMU)

 

Dear Sister Yoo Ji Hyun

 

This letter is written by UNI Global Union in strong support of your hunger strike and in solidarity with the actions of your members throughout June, July and beyond, to expose and oppose the increasing commercialization of health and medical service in Korea. As you know, UNI Global Union represents 20 million workers, through our 900 affiliate unions, and we represent workers in the private care and social insurance through our UNICARE sector. UNI Global stands alongside KHMU members and leaders as you take on your government’s further deregulation and erosion of Korea’s healthcare system.

 

We stand with the KHMU in rejecting the proposed changes to the Medical Services Act, and we support your position that the current Act should ne maintained. We know from the combating will do noting improve health and safety of patient. These changes will in fact promote and expand what is a destructive system where patient health is not of primary concern, where employees are low paid, and where there is a fundamental lack of respect and recognition for both patients and staff.

 

Given the recent disasters which have sadly impacted on many Koreans such as the Sewol Ferry disaster and the jangsung HyoSarang Elderly Care Center fire, now is not the time to undermine the wellbeing of Korea’s people by giving rise to a system which will ultimately enhance the perverse drivers that for-profit healthcare system create. It is time to put the Korean peoples first, not corporations. It is time for proper, reliable regulation of the health care sector, for a focus on accessible and quality health for all.

 

Through your staunch and decisive action you are defending the rights and wellbeing of ordinary Korean people who will face not only increased cost, but will face suffering and hardship through this generation ad generation to come as a result or the proposed changes.

 

We extend our support and solidarity to you, and to your members in your upcoming strike action on June 24, and for the actions planned in June, July and beyond, including the July general strike. We send greetings, and wishes that your heroic efforts and personal sacrifices will make their mark on history. Additionally, we have written to the Minister of health to urge the Minister, and the Korean Government, to take steps immediately stop the proposed changes from occurring to the health system, and strongly stating our fervent support for the KHMU’s actions.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Phillip Jennings

General Secretary

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127 Press Conference to Announce PSI's Position on the Sewol Ferry Tragedy file KANG.yb 2014.06.09 7602
126 June 11, Yoo Ji-Hyun, president of KHMU started to a hunger strike file KANG.yb 2014.06.14 2929
125 KHMU INFO<9> June 15, 2014. KHMU President Yoo Fasts to Protest Government Health Care Privatization Plan. file KANG.yb 2014.06.15 2329
124 KHMU Strike rally and march file 교육선전실장 2014.06.24 2990
123 The Korean Health and Medical Workers' Union (KHMU) are holding a series of strikes and rallies from 24 to 30 June. file 교육선전실장 2014.06.29 6532
» Solidarity message from Phillip Jennings General Secretary of UNI Global unions to the Korean Health and Medical Workers’ Union(KHMU) file 교육선전실장 2014.06.30 2740
121 KHMU 2nd Strike on July 22nd file 교육선전실장 2014.07.15 3123
120 KHMU second Strike file 교육선전실장 2014.07.26 2037
119 KHMU INFO<10> August 5, 2014 file 교육선전실장 2014.08.05 1715
118 KHMU 3rd Strike file 교육선전실장 2014.09.27 1496
117 7th KCTU leadership education and exchange in Asia Program file 교육선전실장 2014.09.29 1754
116 VIsited Vietnam National Union of Health Workers’ Union file 교육선전실장 2014.09.29 1674
115 Support for Cambodian garment workers from KHMU file 교육선전실장 2014.09.30 1619
114 When it comes to pregnancy, women being told to ‘wait their turn’ file 교육선전실장 2014.10.20 2033
113 Asia Pacific Forum on trade union rights: It is time for Action Now! file 교육선전실장 2014.11.03 1526
112 KHMU, support the PSI Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) Aid Fund file 교육선전실장 2014.11.03 2093
111 KHMU INFO<11>President Yoo, Ji-Hyun Reelected with 93.7% Public Support: The First President Re-elected by the KHMU. file 교육선전실장 2014.11.28 2437
110 4th World Congress of UNI Global Union file 교육선전실장 2014.12.18 22056
109 KHMU INFO <1> January 21, 2015 “Yes! The very industry-based union that we have dreamt of” file 교육선전실장 2015.01.22 1456
108 KHMU joined the Right to strike campaign. file 교선실장 2015.02.20 2108
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