02/15/2008, 00.00
KOREA

Govt must listen to those in society who are treated like slaves, says Justice and Peace Commission

In response to a law adopted to ostensibly manage irregular work, the Church calls on Catholics to oppose unjust employment practices. Solidarity and human dignity should be promoted as much as economic growth.

Seoul (AsiaNews) – Like Christ Catholics should listen to the cry of those who are victim of an unjust labour market and do all they can to change the situation which is destroying people and families, this according to a message that the Justice and Peace Commission of the Bishops’ Conference will release this coming Sunday.

In it Commission Chairman Mgr Boniface Choi Ki-san will call on the government to change the law on irregular work approved last Monday because the legislation is unfair to many workers offering no solution to their predicament.

For the bishop “efforts must be made to place human dignity first, especially in the workplace. We must show sympathy to those who do not have a regular job and express our solidarity towards them. The Church shall do all in its power to regularise the situation of its own employs wherever it can.”

Lastly “I pray that our society [. . .] may have positive concern for the socially weak and practice sharing what we have with them in the spirit of common good, solidarity and human dignity, not just pursuing efficiency and economic growth,” said Bishop Choi.

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