Don’t leave poor behind in post-pandemic recovery: Pope

Pope Francis told the International Labor Organisation that the future of work must be based on decent and dignified working conditions (Bigstock)

Even in the rush to recoup pandemic-related losses, governments must work for the benefit of all and avoid implementing measures that further isolate the poor and the vulnerable, Pope Francis said yesterday. Source: Crux.

In a video message to participants at the International Labor Organisation’s World of Work summit, the Pope warned that in hastily returning “to greater economic activity, world leaders must “avoid excessive fixations on benefit, isolation and nationalism, blind consumerism and denial of the clear evidence of discrimination against our ‘disposable’ brothers and sisters”.

“On the contrary, let us look for solutions that will help us build a new future of work based on decent and dignified working conditions, originating in collective bargaining, and promoting the ‘common good’ – a phrase that will make work an essential component of our care for society and creation,” he said.

In this sense, the Pope added, “work is truly and essentially human. That is what it is about, that it is human.”

According to its website, the June 17-18 summit “will focus on the response to the devastating impact of COVID-19 on the world of work and the action required to build a better future of work.”

In his address, the Pope lamented the treatment of “workers on the margins of the labour market,” especially migrant workers and their families, who are often excluded from access to health services.

Furthermore, the lack of social protection measures for vulnerable people has led to “increased poverty, unemployment, underemployment, an increase in illegal work (and) the delay in the inclusion of young people in the labour market, which is very serious.”

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Post-pandemic economic recovery must seek good of all, Pope says (By Junno Arocho Esteves, CNS via Crux)

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