Eulji Hospital University and Eulji Hospital branches won a victory in a 47-day strike
Eulji Hospital University (Sin Moon-su, head of the branch) and Eulji Hospital branches (Cha Bong-eun, head of the branch), which went on strike October 10th, won a victory in the 47-day strike ending on November 25th.
The union and the employer at the hospital held marathon negotiations in several sessions with the Ministry of Labor as arbiters from 2pm on November 24th, until reaching agreement at about 6:50 pm on November 25th (Sat).
The main agreements are as follows ▲ regularizing the irregular (part-time) workers by 2020 to raise the total proportion of regular workers up to more than 90% ▲regularizing unlimited contract workers from January 1 2018 ▲increasing the total wage by 8.6% ▲ balancing the wage system improvement committee with an equal number of union and hospital representatives by the end of December to narrow the wage gap with other hospitals by 2022 ▲launching the TF team with an equal number of union and hospital representatives by the end of December to assess and improve the organizational culture ▲creating a hospital culture which respects patients and workers and values support; and being an exemplary hospital in industrial relations ▲ prohibiting any civil or criminal and personnel retaliation for striking
As the union and the hospital reached a dramatic agreement, Eulji Hospital branches in Daejeon and in Seoul held an emergency general meeting of union members to report the negotiations at 11 am on November 2nd. Through the confirmation of union members, KMHU held a convention to report the strike victory.
According to the agreement, the labor union ended the strike on November 25th and returned to work on the 27th.
Cha Bong-eun head of Eulji Hospital branch(Left), Yoo, Ji-hyun President of KHMU and Sin Moon-su head of Eulji Hospital University branch
This strike allowed the union and the hospital to reach an agreement on regularizing irregular workers, narrowing the wage gap, creating a hospital culture that respects patients, workers and labor and improving the organizational culture. The agreement paved the way for the normalization of Eulji University Hospital and Eulji Hospital and cemented more mature industrial relations.
In particular, while abusing one’s power over others and violating human rights in hospitals create a great stir in society, these hospitals first organized the TF team to assess actual conditions and to create with countermeasures. Their actions prompted the movement against any retaliation or violations of human rights in hospitals.