2022 Assembly


The Future of Work, Labour after Laudato Si.


In light of the complexities of human trafficking and how criminals continue to develop new and manipulative ways to prey on the vulnerable, as international movements, Conferences of Religious, Social Centres, Third level educational institutions and businesses have the capacity to contribute jointly to the promotion and implementation of Laudato Si in areas related to work and labour.

‘’Challenges facing the world of work today are numerous at the global level. Let us just name a few : 1.5 billion workers are involved in precarious forms of work, with wages insufficient to raise a family, short terms contracts if not no contracts at all, not to mention the victims of trafficking, a big part of them being women, and children involved into child labour. 800 million workers are still living in poverty, under the threshold of 2 dollars a day. The globalisation that we have witnessed over the last forty years has paralleled a trend leading to greater inequalities, both between countries and within countries. Finally, it seems that we are entering what some would a call a fourth industrial revolution: the impact of robotisation, new technologies is probably the continuation and also an amplification of the previous phases of industrialisation and automation. The development, yet still uneven, of artificial intelligence in different sectors of the economy, from public to private services, in domains ranging from health to the automobile industry, may have drastic consequences on the way we shall understand human autonomy, initiative, and responsibilities in a world where interconnectivity and relations could become more intensive and invasive. Is this the future we want? Are these changes inevitable or is there a discernment to be conducted.’’ Fr. Pierre Martinot-Lagarde SJ.

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Prepared by Anne Kelleher, RENATE Communications.