After hundreds of workers were killed in Bangladesh when the factory they worked at making clothes collapsed, Pope Francis took a moment during his May Day homily to pray for the victims and their families as well as condemn the labor practices that took their lives.
“How many brothers and sisters find themselves in this situation!” said the pontiff referring to the unfair and unsafe working conditions around the world. “Not paying fairly, not giving a job because you are only looking at balance sheets, only looking at how to make a profit. That goes against God!”
He couldn’t believe that the workers inside the factory were only making roughly 38 Euros ($50) per month calling the deplorable conditions and pay “slave labor.” Workers who subsequently died.
“I call on politicians to make every effort to relaunch the labor market,” said Pope Francis who went on to say that unemployment is, “an economic conception of society based on selfish profit outside the bounds of social justice.” He also said, “We do not get dignity from power or money or culture, no! We get dignity from work.”
The Vatican has spoken against economic inequality throughout the economic collapse of recent years, and have been often very critical of unregulated capitalism and the harm it inflicts.