The Vatican is facing workers to stage paid protests
Vatican officials have complained to Pope Francis about labor inequality, job losses and wage cuts as the world’s smallest city is embroiled in a global debate over the future of work triggered by the Covid-19 crisis.
In an open letter to the head of the Catholic Church, Vatican officials stated that the idea of the Holy See cutting employee salaries during the epidemic it was not appropriate, and relocated to the same workplace.
This year Pope Francis issued a decree that the Vatican will cut cardholders ‘salaries by 10 percent, and reduce some workers’ pay by 3% to 8%, in order to address the budget cuts caused by the financial crisis.
“According to the essential concepts of occupational psychology, these concepts not only bring benefits over time, but in terms of interest, satisfaction and creativity, they are filled with performance,” Vatican staffers wrote in letter of signing published in several Italian TV stations.
The Vatican declined to comment on the letter. An official confirmed that it had spread to several Holy See offices, but said it was not known how many employees had signed up. The Vatican, with a population of less than 1,000, had 4,618 employees in 2019, according to a report by its correspondents.
The letter lamented that the epidemic had exacerbated work pressures while many did not have the opportunity to work remotely, and that there was “great pain” that the Vatican had not yet set up a humanitarian department.
Staff also said the Holy See experiment is very frustrating because Vatican staffers have not been able to enjoy the benefits they can get in state-owned enterprises, including “high bonuses, promotions based on goals achieved, appropriate selection practices and professional development”.
The idea of reducing pay by the Pope was “a noble goal” to protect existing jobs, the letter said, adding that workers were “angry” when asked about the election and complained that some were suffering more than others. They have also requested a meeting with Pope Francis to discuss the matter.
This year Juan Antonio Guerrero Alves, an Vatican economist, said spending this year would be “the lowest in the recent history of the Holy See” closure of its museum at the time of the incident and donating money contributes to its finances.
The Vatican has said it expects its total revenue to drop by 30% this year to 213m compared to 2019, the year before the Covid-19 epidemic in Europe, and record € 49.7m for 2021 compared to the € 11m reduction in 2019.
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