The Church Warned Against the “fragility of employment” in Argentina

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Source Resumen Latinoamericano / The Dawn News / May 23, 2016 – The President of the Social Pastoral of the Catholic Church, Jorge Lozano, said that “the current social scenario in Argentina is complex”, and warned that there’s “fragility in jobs in informal work, which is between 30 and 40 percent, with workers that don’t have labor rights”, and he affirmed that “there has been a deterioration in social conditions in the last months”.

“There’s a complex social scenario in Argentina. This is particularly visible in the amount of people with non-registered jobs and with a serious risk of being laid off”, said Lozano in an interview with Vorterix Radio.

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When asked about the fragility of jobs during the last few months, the bishop of Gualeguaychu remarked that workers that don’t have labor rights don’t have access to health insurance. “We had already pointed it out previously in the context of a complex social scenario in the country”.

“There has been a deterioration in social conditions in the last few months. We are in touch with every priest in the country and they are feeling a rare social climate. This is also backed by studies, such as the one of the Social Debt Watch of the Catholic University of Argentina (UCA). We perceive social deterioration”, he insisted.

The clergyman also highlighted that they “have had and still have contact with several national officers and from time to time we express our concerns to them. Besides, many of them were able to partake in the opening of the Social Week in the city of Mar del Plata, where they were able to hear about these delicate situations”.

The Social Week was carried out last weekend in Mar del Plata with the presence of the Ministers of Work (Jorge Triaca) and Social Development (Carolina Stanley), who “heard the points that were raised and also perceive some of the things I describe at the social level”.

When asked about Pope Francis’ idea that there is political vindictiveness in the current government, Lozano replied that “social enmity and lack of dialogue” are things that the Church has been denouncing “for a long time”.

“This is something we have to overcome as a society and the ruling class in particular, to be able to have a mature attitude towards dialogue. Luckily, we see that this is evolving”, he said.

When asked about his opinion on the imprisonment and trial against Milagro Sala, the leader of the Tupac Amaru political and social organization, Lozano said that this issue was not discussed at the Episcopal Conference, but he confirmed that “there is concern about Justice, we want justice to keep working independently and maintaining homogeneous criteria  for all citizens, and that every person is deemed innocent until proven guilty”.

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