Final Statement of the ECWM Seminar, Lisbon, October 2014

The meeting of the European Christian Workers Movement (ECMW) held in Lisbon from 16th to 19th October, ended with a statement about two issues as hot as the Transatlantic trade between the US and the European Union and the police raid "Mos maiorum”. Similarly, the European coordinator reaffirmed its commitment to the fight against unemployment.

Seminar: Fighting against unemployment

The European Christian Workers Movement (ECMW) shared the current reality of unemployment in many European countries in its annual seminar in Lisbon. The shared reality shows how critical the situation is for many people, but also the small signs of hope that exist in our environments. Despite the current crisis in the employment throughout Europe we believe that there is work for everyone. We recall that the priority of labour over capital (Laborem Exercens). "Money must serve people, not the other". Therefore it is necessary people who have jobs, are aware that the work is something more than employment. But the job created has to be decent to break these dynamics, and besides everyone has the right to a minimum income, independently whether they have employment or not. For reversing this situation, we propose the following actions:

  • A joint program in Europe that addresses the creation of jobs. A program which ends the current austerity measures in favour of public spending and investment will lead to millions of new jobs and decent work for everybody. The creation of decent work will contribute to build full rather precarious lives and it will encourage people to contribute to society as a whole.
  • We will also continue to promote the World Day for Decent Work on 7th October of each year. Decent work must be at the center of the political agenda of the EU.

"Sowing Fraternity"

In this new installment of INFOR we offer a lot of information: news of the movements of their ac­tions with men and women of "good will" as well as texts for analysis and reflec­tion that can help us in our team meetings. We also co­llect profound words of Pope Francis that, against the tide, calls society to wake up, to go out of its sel­fishness and to act for the reception of refugees.

Among all this wealth, we wish to emphasize the testimony of Antoinette from MCW of Central Afri­can Republic. How not to get excited with the value of this woman, affected by war and her daughter's de­ath, who took refuge in a convent and, in appalling conditions, mobilized all her forces to help others, to provide them support and comfort.

The WMCM emphasises the concept of "fraternity", in particular in the prepara­tion of the 2015­2016 re­gional seminars. It is not al­ways easy to live as brothers and sisters of the same family, the great hu­man family. We have to overcome many obstacles, disagreements and fears. But when we look around us, we see that there are men and women around the world whose daily ac­tions, without much noise, allow to restore that frater­nity we all yearn.

According to Antoinette and many other members of the Central African MCW, we refuse to consi­der others as enemies, we resist against the pernicious ideas that lead to whom was your brother yesterday, today is your enemy.

Throughout the world, we see a rise of intolerance, racism, rejection of neigh­bour. The economic crisis plaguing the working and popular world leads to self­absorption. How to resist and to fight against all when the person is being destroyed?




On 17 June 2014, we – the international leaders of the International Movements of Catholic inspiration, comprising IMAC, ICYCW, MIJARC, IYCW, WMCW, Pax Romana, and MIAMSI – gathered in Paris. The purpose of our meeting was to renew old ties grown distant with time.

The event provided us with a number of opportunities; we were able to take time to get to know each other, and to share the lives of international organizations today, but also to look to the future, and to outline our plans for long-lasting collaboration.

Each movement shared its reality, including its joys, challenges, and action plan. Through this dialogue we were able to see similarities and important issues that are relevant to all the International Movements. These include such examples as the international dimension, the openness of the Church, and recognition of our movements by the Church and its institutions, as well as financial issues, which can affect the stability of movements and their future.


Road Map – Way forward Global Commitment for Decent Work 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.

We insist that access to decent work be guaranteed for all through the formulation and implementation of the new set of international development goals, including supportive conditions and economic policies.

We reiterate our commitment to achieve access to decent work as already expressed in our statement on Post 2015[2]. The promotion and creation of an enabling environment for decent work is essential to address the current challenges of inequalities and growing social injustice, while reinforcing human dignity and contributing to the common good. Human suffering resulting from unjust structures, from precarious and poorly remunerated forms of work, from human trafficking and forced labor, from widespread forms of unemployment among youth and from involuntary migration cannot remain without response.

We commit to work together and in close collaboration with the International Labor Organization and relevant stakeholders to promote decent work.


1st May - International Day of the working people

"LET’S BUILD A JUST, FRATERNAL AND SUSTAINABLE SOCIETY!" Today, society requires that men and women work live with dignity and equality, where justice, solidarity and fraternity prevail.

In this 1st May, International Day of the men and women of the working world, the World Movement of Christian Workers (WMCW) denounces the precarious work and family that workers in the world live, regardless of race, colour, economic status, language or religion and promotes the right of individuals and families to have incomes or basic income that allow them to live with dignity.


The Situation of Young Workers Today



The generation of young people nowadays is facing different challenges and questioning whether there is hope in the future. The present situation appears bleak due to the difficulties experienced in the social, economic, family, education, political aspects of their lives.

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