Saturday, February 10, 2007

Vatican Address on Labor to the UN

UN Address

In the Address the vatican restates the importance of equal pay for equal work regardless of gender and just wages/family wages to name two. All-in-all there were six challenges to labor:
1. A balance is needed "between economic development on the one hand and social justice on the other."
2. Equality between men and women in the workplace
3. The need to assist working parents, "if necessary, by law, to bring their own unique and irreplaceable contribution to the upbringing of their children, to the evident benefit of the whole of society."
4. Overcoming poverty
5. Allowing the aged to contribute to the workforce if they are willing and still healty.
6. The need for laws to protect and help migrant and immigrant workers, so that they can contribute to a healthy labor force of the host country in which they are working.
Here are the last few paragraphs that discuss immigration and migrant workers:
On a topic now related to that of ageing, migrants have become an important source of labor. They not only earn a salary for themselves and their families but, if allowed to do so by legislators and their electorates, they will also become an important source of wealth for their host countries by maintaining standards of living through their contribution to the host economy.

Migrants are often motivated by the simple wish to work in order to support their families. They too deserve equal pay and equal protection under the law, not least because the jobs they do are often the ones that no one else wants.

Legal arrangements should be made to allow families to reunite, not only for the sanity of family life, but also to the social and moral benefit of the communities around them. Too often a lack of normal family life leads to evils such as human trafficking and prostitution on the margins of migrant communities. The market for such modern slavery could be undermined by allowing families to live together in the receiving country.

Work itself should be decent. The Holy See understands decent work as that which is both properly remunerated and worthy of the human person. Work is a right but it is also the duty of all people to contribute to the good of their society and the whole human family. Work is dignified by the people who do it; but it must also be dignified in itself.

Full employment and decent work cannot include work that is not as safe as possible, justly remunerated or worthy of the human person. If work is an essential part of our human vocation, only decent work in this sense can ever be suitable for the promotion of human dignity and the achievement of social development.

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