Striking MBC unionists to return to work

By 박한나
  • Published : Jul 17, 2012 - 15:25
  • Updated : Jul 17, 2012 - 15:25

Unionists of the public broadcaster MBC decided to call off a 170-day strike and return to work, the union announced Tuesday.

The union said its members unanimously decided to go back to work Wednesday, as lawmakers agreed to discuss the MBC strike issue in the parliamentary session that opened early this month.

An estimated 500 employees went on strike in January demanding the resignation of company president Kim Jae-chul over the management's censoring of reports critical of President Lee Myung-bak and the normalization of the company's role as a major public broadcaster.

The strike forced the company to cut back its entertainment and news programs.

Tuesday's decision came after ruling and opposition parties reached an agreement on efforts to settle the dispute in one of the country's major television networks, which the union said may open the way for Kim's resignation. (Yonhap News)