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Tourism: Card. Turkson, “many work in illegal and precarious conditions”

“The desired goals of peace, security, and the promotion of social inclusion cannot be attained if one disregards the joint commitment to ensuring everyone a decent, fair and free work, built around the person and his/her primary needs of integral human development”. The prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, Card. Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson, wrote this in his Message for World Tourism Day, which will be celebrated on 27 September this year, on the theme “Tourism and Jobs: a better future for all”. Citing Pope Francis, the Cardinal said: “where there is no work, there can be no progress, nor welfare, and clearly, there cannot be a better future”. Work is thus seen not “only” as a “job”, but as a “means through which man achieves fulfilment as a human being in society and in the world”. “It plays an essential role in achieving the integral development of both the person and the community in which s/he lives”. Focusing on the “several problems affecting work in the tourism sector”, the prefect decried that “many work in precarious and sometimes illegal conditions, with unfair wages, forced to do hard labour, often away from their families, at a high risk of stress, and are subject to the rules of an aggressive competition”. The Cardinal expressed indignation at “the exploitation of labour in poor countries that are also top tourist destinations” and called “unacceptable” the “acts of violence against host populations”.

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