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 By celebrating its 100 years anniversary, the ILO is putting its mark on one of the most celebrated pages of human history, illustrated by its fundamental declarations for a world where “work is not a commodity” and in which there is “no lasting peace without social justice” !

The 200 international labour standards, established in the tripartite system of Governments – Employers – Workers, are testimonies of the lucidity, courage and fertility of this “participative democracy”, unique within the United Nations. The eight ILO Fundamental Conventions set clearly as “banned by humanity” the “children and forced labour”, “disrespect of the collective bargaining rights” and “discriminations” of all sorts. The fruits collected from this ILO’s centenary are an invaluable set of tools that have been created to develop “decent work” in the 187 member countries !

ILO (International labour organisation) is on its way towards it’s centenary (in 2019), inspired by the theme of “Future of Work”. Besides technological, economical or fair trading aspects, the project « Future of Work ; Labour after Laudato Si » calls for the emergence of ethical and spiritual foundations for building a future of work, authentically humanistic for all.

The questionnaire below can serve as a guide to identify together the specificities, challenges and opportunities to be placed at the heart of the development of a "Future of Work" that truly serves the dignity of women and men, of all ages, nationalities and cultures.

The co-signing Organisations welcome and support the priorities of the newly appointed Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Slavery Including Its Causes and Its Consequences, Ms. Urmila Bhoola, and stand ready to further collaborate with her for the fulfilment of the mandate. They support various facets of her strategy plan, especially the focus on access to work for young people and on eliminating migrant slave labour. Contemporary forms of slavery continue to exist across both developed and developing countries, and efforts to combat such injustices must remain a vital priority for all stakeholders.

Road Map – Way forward by Catholic -inspired organizations

“We are not simply talking about ensuring nourishment or a “dignified sustenance” for all people, but also their “general temporal welfare and prosperity”. This means education, access to health care, and above all work, for it is through free, creative, participatory and mutually supportive work that human beings express and enhance the dignity of their lives. A just wage enables them to have adequate access to all the other goods which are destined for our common use.”1

As representatives of Catholic-inspired organizations and religious congregations, we gathered in Rome on 29-30 April 2014, together with officials of the Holy See and of the International Labour Organization, with one aim: to make “decent work for all” an explicit goal of the post-2015 sustainable development goals.

1)  Why so many people try to enter Europe and other western countries?

 + To escape war and political persecution,

+ to escape hunger, caused by climate change and uneffective food production,

+ because they hope to find a job, in order to support the own family or family clan,

+ because they have a high fertility rate without a chance for many young people to get a job,

+ the media show an economic paradise in western countries.

2) Why western countries build up walls on the frontiers and political walls inside the countries?

From 9th to 12th december took place a meeting with religious leaders in Addis Ababa, with representatives from Ethiopia, Egypt, Ivory Coast and Senegal. It was organized in partnership with WCC and with the support of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace who was represented by Flaminia Giovanelli. We also received support and information from Caritas Internationalis and Joci.

Statement of Catholic Church-Inspired Organizations Related to Decent Work and the Post-2015 Development Agenda

 As a contribution to the discussion of the post-2015 development framework, we, Catholic Church-inspired organizations re-affirm that the most effective route out of poverty and the ongoing global economic crisis is closely linked to the promotion of decent work and support for adequate social protection. Therefore, we confidently affirm that “human work is a key, probably the essential key, to the whole social question, if we try to see that question really from the point of view of man's good.