The new leadership of Korean Health and Medical Workers’ Union (KHMWU) officially starts its term of office on 24 January. New leaders become the fourth leadership for KHMWU. They were directly elected by rank and file members.
From 9th to 11th November, the KHMWU organized the nation-wide direct election for its 4th leadership consisting of president, first vice-president and general secretary. The number of total enrollment for the election was 32,409 members and, across the nation, 24,973 participated in.
The number of vote in favour of new leadership was 23,130. The turnout was 77.1% and approval rate was 92.6%. At the same time with national leadership election, some provincial leaders were elected in five provincial-level branches.
The new president is Hong Myung-ok. She is 42 years old and has been working as a nurse in the St. Mary’s Hospital since 1986. She has been the KHMWU’s vice president under the third leadership since 2003 and is involved in PSI leadership at regional and sub-regional levels.
The new first vice-president is Jung Hae-sun. He is 46 years old and has been working in the Inha University Hospital since 1985. He has been the KHMWU’s first vice-president under the third leadership since 2003.
The new general secretary is Cho Eun-sook. She is 41 years old and has been working in the Kyunghee University Hospital since 1988. She has been the KHMWU’s vice president under the third leadership since 2003.
They suggested promises as follows:
- To strengthen public health system in Korea
- To step up industrial unionism
- To secure industrial bargaining
- To transform the KHMWU structure and activities
- To make proactive approach to changing situation of labor laws
- To take the lead towards social transformation.
The outgoing president, Yun Young-gyu is now working for the KCTU and the outgoing general secretary, Na Soon-ja is working for the local union of Ewha Women’s University Hospital.