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Decent Work – A demand of our time

"Decent work" means much more than just work that is humane. Kolping acts as an advocate for people in the World of Work.

Already Adolph Kolping recognized clearly that work is a central point for man to develop his own personality and that he requires decent work to secure the livelihood for himself and his family. In 1981, Pope John Paul II wrote in his Encyclical Laborem exercens: "The Question of Work is the Key to the Social Question", and he stresses emphatically that also in the world of work the dignity of man has to be preserved. "Decent work" is at present in the center of the work of the ILO in Geneva (International Labor Organization), which is the oldest of the UN-Organizations.

These Initiatives by the ILO are also a guideline for the Kolping Society: Within the scope of the thematic priority program which was decided in 2007 "In the Spirit of Adolph Kolping – Sowing the Seeds of Hope in the World of Work" Kolping starts Initiatives throughout the world in order to help people get a decent work. You will find some examples on the next page.
"Decent work", that means at least having a work that is socially secured and adequately paid. But millions of men are without work, others have an occupation without any social security and hundreds of thousands are in child labor or forced labor.

All of these current and pressing problems in the world of work have led the ILO to make consolidated efforts for the creation of decent work. Under the cue: "decent work“ the so-called core labor standards shall be enforced such as the abolition of child labor or of forced labor and the right to build up and join trade unions and the right for collective negotiations. These initiatives are planned for a fair globalization, the creation of new jobs, a support of the workers in the build-up of representation of interests, the enlargement of social security systems for the common risks of daily life such as illness, seniority, unemployment etc. and the promotion of the social dialogue among the interest groups within the world of work.

Hubert Tintelott