For the CNJP, a body dependent on the Portuguese Episcopal
Conference (CEP), "changing this situation should be a true national goal
that mobilises civil society and political authorities".
"Entrepreneurs and workers are required to make efforts
to improve productivity and professional training. But the appreciation of
wages also depends on a fairer distribution of income, on the attribution of a
greater share of that income to work", defended the Commission chaired by
Pedro Vaz Patto, in a note regarding the conference to be held in Lisbon on
January 21, under the theme "Fair Wages Against Poverty -- Christian
Workers and Entrepreneurs in Dialogue".
For the CNJP, it is important to "highlight the
importance of this dialogue between Christian workers and entrepreneurs",
on the assumption that "the common inspiration in the principles of the
Church's social doctrine cannot fail to translate into some forms of
"The principles of the Church's social doctrine are of
the utmost importance, which should inspire the theme of fair wages as a way of
overcoming poverty. These principles start from the primacy of the person. The
economy, business and work must serve people, not the opposite. The fairness of
the salary does not necessarily result from the consent of the parties and the
rules of the market", adds the statement.
According to the National Commission for Justice and Peace,
"the creation and maintenance of jobs is a way of realising the social
function of private property and the universal destination of goods. In the
fight against poverty, the creation of fairly remunerated jobs, more than the
attribution of state subsidies".
The CNJP Annual Conference takes place from 9:30 am on
Saturday, at the Franciscan Cultural Center, in partnership with Cáritas
Portuguesa, the Christian Workers Movement (LOC-MTC), Catholic Workers' Youth
(JOC), the Christian Association of Entrepreneurs and Managers (ACEGE), Rural
Catholic Action (ACR) and the Catholic Professionals Movement (Metanoia).
"Adequate Income in Portugal" and "Fair Wages Against Poverty" will be two of the topics under discussion in the works opened by the bishop of Santarém and president of the Episcopal Commission for Social Pastoral and Human Mobility, José Traquina.