Pastoral Message for Feast of St Joseph the Worker
On May 1 we celebrate the Feast of St Joseph the Worker and International Worker's Day. Catholic Social Services Victoria stands in solidarity with workers, particularly those across the social services.
In his encyclical Laborem Exercens, Pope John Paul II stated: “the Church considers it her task always to call attention to the dignity and rights of those who work, to condemn situations in which that dignity and those rights are violated, and to help to guide [social] changes so as to ensure authentic progress by man and society.”
Chair of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference Commission for Social Justice - Mission and Service, Bishop Vincent Long, reminds us in his message for today about the importance of the conditions of those who are employed, and also the need for solidarity with those who are excluded from being able to work and the need for adequate welfare support.
"Casual employees, many contract employees and gig workers are not entitled to sick leave or carer’s leave. They are often unable to save from their earnings in order to cover periods of illness or inability to work. Surviving on the JobSeeker payment, or any other form of government
assistance, is difficult. However, there are also many people who are unable to access this support and are at risk of falling through the cracks."
In this spirit we thank Australian Services Union (Victoria and Tasmania) who work to uphold the rights and dignity of workers in our sector in Victoria, and all our member organisations and broader sector who work to support those who are excluded from or unable to work.
Listen to Bishop Long's statement here.