Companies, especially those in the construction sector, must guarantee safety in the workplace to protect the rights and dignity of their workers, Pope Francis said yesterday. Source: Crux.
“Last year, there were many, too many, deaths in the workplace. They are not numbers, they are people,” the Pope said during a meeting with members of the Italian National Association of Building Contractors on the association’s 75th anniversary.
“Unfortunately, if you look at workplace safety as a cost, you are starting from the wrong assumption. The real wealth is the people,” he said.
The Gospels can also be a source of inspiration on the values of “healthy competition and transparency, responsibility and sustainability, as well as ethics, legality and safety”, he said.
Recalling Jesus’ parable of the wise and foolish builders, the Pope said the one who built his house on a solid foundation is an example of those who do not limit themselves “to appearing outwardly Christian but work effectively as a Christian” who is strong in both good times and in bad.
“Faith does not protect us from bad weather,” he said. “However, accompanied by good works, it strengthens us and makes us capable of enduring it.”
While competition is an important part of doing business, the Pope said, “healthy” competition is only possible when there is respect for one’s employees and for one’s competitors.
When the goal becomes eliminating a competitor, he said, “the social fabric of trust that allows the market to work properly is jeopardised”.
“Competition must be an incentive to do better and good, not the will to dominate and exclude,” he continued.
Ensuring dignity of workers means guaranteeing their safety, pope says (By Junno Arocho Esteves, CNS via Crux)