Catholic publication commended
Members have welcomed a new publication from the Australian Catholic Council for Employment Relations (ACCER), Good Works: The Catholic Church as an Employer in Australia, noting its positive contribution to the treatment of Australian workers.
IEUA-QNT Branch Secretary Terry Burke commended the publication’s recognition of Catholic social teaching within the document as it applies to being a worker.
“Moreover the publication provides a broader contribution in terms of how workers in this country are treated,” Mr Burke said.
“While focused on the role of the Catholic Church as an employer, the publication reinforces to the fundamental rights of employees.
“Noting that ‘work is for people, not people for work,’ the document addresses work from the perspectives of human dignity, common good, solidarity and subsidiarity.
“Central to the Church’s position on work is recognising all aspects of value provided by employees, not just their role is ensuring workplace efficiency.
“The importance of authenticity as well as fair and transparent procedures and processes in the workplace are also reiterated.
“In line with Catholic social teaching, the publication recognises employment policies which provide more than just the legislated minimum standards.
“For example, when it comes to wages, the publication makes it clear that ‘the market should not be the sole arbiter of the proper salary of an employee’,” Mr Burke said.
To download a copy of ACCER’s Good Works: The Catholic Church as an Employer in Australia click here.