Unionized staff at Seoul National University Hospital went on strike early Wednesday morning. This is the first strike at the hospital since a protest against layoffs in 2007.
"We're asking for a pay raise and better working conditions, but negotiations with the management have broken down," a union official said.
On the first day of the collective action, the lobby was crowded with striking workers, but there was little disruption to medical care since few care professionals walked out.
According to management, 26 percent of staff are members of the union, and some are not participating in the strike.
The workforce of the emergency and intensive-care units are not allowed to strike if this in any way reduces the units' capacity.