What is labor?
* Physical and mental work done by people
* Productivity activity for the economic gain
* Work gives us the opportunity to express and to develop one’s talents for one’s own good and for the good of others * From a Christian perspective, we can say that work is a vocation in the service of discipleship. *
* It is not only a basic human right, but also a duty from our baptismal call and commitment to work with Christ.
What does the Church say about Human Dignity?
* Human dignity originates from God.
* Human life is sacred.
* Human dignity is alienable.
* Unjust wages
* Poor working conditions
* Harassment and intimidation
* Union busting
* Untimely closure
* Unjust dismissal
Dignity in working.
* The dignity of work and the rights of workers is one of the seven major principles of Catholic Social Teaching. Work is a human good. It is a basic human right that reflects men’s and women’s dignity and worth. (Laborem Exercens) * Pope Benedict XVI reminds us that in labor issues, “the primary capital to be safeguarded and valued is man ,the human person in his or her integrity.” (Caritas In Veritate) * In Genesis, we see that the dignity of work consists of teaching that man and woman “ought to imitate God his creator, in working, because man alone has the unique characteristics of likeness to God.” (Laborem Exercens)
* It is “central to the freedom and well-being of people.” (USCCB, Economic Justice for All)
Reasons why Human Work has Dignity
* The person working is a human being
* The worker labors to promote human life
* Work or labor enhances our pagkatao
* Work is a means towards human solidarity
The Catholic Church has long been a promoter of the rights of workers. These include a right to:
* To fair wages