Health workers put the strike on Thursday after a last-minute deal with the South Korean government

South Korean health workers have announced the suspension of the strike planned for this Thursday at the national level, following a short-term agreement with the government.

The Korea Health and Medical Workers Union (KHMU), which represents more than 56,000 nurses, pharmacists and other health professionals, has confirmed that it has reached an agreement with the government following talks the day before.

Health workers put the strike on Thursday after a last-minute deal with the South Korean government
Health workers put the strike on Thursday after a last-minute deal with the South Korean government

The decision to suspend the strike was made after midnight when union members were discussing the government’s offer calling for an improvement in working conditions, according to information from the Yonhap news agency.

The two parties have stated that they have agreed to avoid any “vacuum” in health services, especially amid the coronavirus pandemic.

According to the agreement, the government will now prepare detailed measures by October on how the working hours of nurses are to be planned according to the severity of the patients, among other things.

A growing number of nurses have resigned or taken leave since the beginning of the health crisis for citing problems such as stress or fatigue.

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