Vatican studies harmful effects of labor ‘outsourcing’

 

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Vatican studies harmful effects of labor ‘outsourcing’

 

The Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace has hosted a one-day conference on “industry and outsourcing” to discuss the effect of the practice of big corporations transferring operations to low-wage countries.

The Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace has hosted a one-day conference on “industry and outsourcing” to discuss the effect of the practice of big corporations transferring operations to low-wage countries.

“The young people are out on the streets in countries like Spain, Greece and even Italy because they are living with the human effects of big industries outsourcing their production to countries like Bangladesh, Haiti or Dhaka where they can pay workers a percentage of what they would have to pay in Milan,” says Fr. Michael Czerny, S.J.

Chaired by Council president Cardinal Peter Turkson, the meeting includes talks by experts on the impact of the current economic crisis, as well as analysis and proposals to prevent the flight of key employers to developing countries.

“The short term effects for industry may be larger profit margins, but the long term effects on national economies, society and families may not be worth it,” said Fr. Czerny.

“It has all the effects that human life gets reduced to sub-minimal standards, so for example the very normal and healthy desire to settle down and have a family becomes impossible is you have no steady guarantee of income.”

SOURCE

Vatican studies long term effects of industrial outsourcing (Vatican Radio)

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