Annual Meeting of the General Commission for Justice and Peace
On 12 and 13 April was held the Annual Meeting of the General Commission for Justice and Peace with the title "CRISIS AND RIGHT TO WORK". This meeting took place in Burgos and numerous people, from the different Justice and Peace commissions throughout the state and from the city, attended.
A total of 10 speakers made their presentations through lectures and roundtables, analyzing the origin and causes of the current situation, as well as, the impact of the crisis with regard to work. These reflections led, in turn, to proposals and alternatives for a more just society.
Among many other points affected, attention was focused on work, an essential right to the full development of the person, thus actively participates in the construction of society; and on the difference between work and employment, having the latter just an economic aim.
At all times, work must respect the dignity of the human person and promote all their personal and relational skills. The current crisis is fueling a very serious situation in the deterioration of labor rights
The worker can not be regarded as a mere instrument for competitiveness, since the person and not the profits, must be the center of the economy. Therefore, it is required a deep change in the current economic model. In all these respects, the Social Doctrine of the Church made important contributions that lit the meeting.
The closing event took place on Saturday afternoon, by Rev. Santiago Gómez, the partner bishop of the General Commission for Justice and Peace, by Angel Ballesteros, member of the Diocesan Commission for Justice and Peace of Burgos and by Eduard Ibáñez, President of the General Commission for Justice and Peace. They encouraged those present in the meeting, to continue deepening on this issue that has right now such an important impact on the lives of millions of people.