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"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?

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STATEMENT OF THE INTERNATIONAL MOVEMENTS – 17 JUNE 2014

 

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.

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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.

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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.

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The Situation of Young Workers Today

 

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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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WMCW International Plan of Action "For a Universal Basic Income"


charo-plan_actionAt the World Movement of Christian Workers (WMCW) meeting held in Germany in July of this year, as a result of analysis and reflection during the seminar, we agreed our plan of action: to move towards a just, fraternal and sustainable society. Among the conclusions, all of the movements agreed to launch a common action for a Universal Basic Income: a campaign of raising awareness and recognition, in which we want to declare the need for everyone to have enough to live with dignity and cover all basic necessities for them and their family.

Why a Universal Basic Income?

The first thing we have observed and confirmed in the analysis shared by delegates from different continents is the reality of the suffering of many families all over the world for not having the minimum resources to be able to live.

Situations of severe poverty and infringement of fundamental rights occur all over the world.  There are millions of families that still have not had the possibility of having a decent job and scrape by in the informal economy, based on exploitation and humiliation.  As such they have not been able to enjoy the goods and rights that, in other regions, are obtained with a job: salary, social protection, health. They are living in a permanent crisis.

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