The Vatican shaken by the social protest of some of its employees

The Vatican shaken by the social protest of some of its employees
The Vatican shaken by the social protest of some of its employees

DECRYPTION – Around fifty employees from the smallest state in the world are preparing to take legal action for what they denounce as social mistreatment. Never seen before in Rome.

A Roman labor dispute could become an embarrassing social affair for Pope Francis, 87. For the first time in the history of Vatican City, 49 of its employees – out of 4,800 – dared to file a class action lawsuit against their employer for what appears to be structured mistreatment of these employees.

The latter criticize the Vatican for having withdrawn from them, by monthly deduction from their salaries, the value of the hours they were unemployed during the Covid years when the activity of the Holy See had ceased. When life resumed they received a “hourly debt notice”. They must pay it to their employer, “until the debt is exhausted” as a sum unduly received. Another point of discontent linked to the pandemic which had seen the Vatican’s revenue plunge into the red, the decision of Pope Francis in November 2023, to subsequently freeze all advancements due to the seniority of Vatican employees for the years 2021 …

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