On occasion of the feast of St. Joseph, the Worker on 1st May 2005, in his first public appearance to the people, Pope Benedict XVI appealed for worthy conditions of work, where He highlighted the liturgical memorial of St. Joseph the Worker that was instituted 50 years ago by Pope Pius XII “to underline the importance of work and of the presence of Christ and of the Church in the working world”. “I hope that work will not be lacking, especially for your young people, and that working conditions will be increasingly respectful of the dignity of the human person”, affirmed Benedict XVI. He added, “I encourage them to continue to live their option of “Christian fraternity” as a value to incarnate in the field of work and social life, so that solidarity, justice and peace will be the pillars, on which the unity of the human family is built” [May Day Message at St. Peter’s Square on 1st May 2005]
WHY SHOULD WE BE A MEMBER?
Working conditions today is very fragile, that it becomes important for workers to unite and stand against the evils that attack the working class society in educating ourselves in the labour and other laws.
By standing united when workers’ fragile laws deprive them of decent work and wages to live.
To let the government and officials know that the CHRISTIAN WORKERS’ MOVEMENT is not just a church organization, but also a Movement that will help in strengthening other workers from time to time whenever workers’ are exploited and needs moral support.
To understand that Catholic workers are apostles of Jesus Christ-the Worker, who stands against the evils of society that affect the working class society like corruption etc.
To be united when workers laws affect the working class society and prove that as Catholic workers, we have a special role to play in the church and society.
OUR ACTION PLAN
Seminars on various workers’ policies, Discussions on Voluntary Retirement Schemes and Compulsory Retirement Schemes and on other social issues affecting workers
Free Dental Camps and Free ENT Camps for workers
Expansion of Christian Workers’ Movement in the Dioceses of Vasai, Ahmedabad, Jhansi and other neighbouring dioceses.
WHAT ARE WE?
o Christian Workers’ Movement was founded by Joseph Cardinal Cardijn as a response to the exploitation faced by workers
o Christian Workers’ Movement is a Workers’ Apostolate officially recognized by the Archdiocese of Bombay and the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India as the Workers’ Apostolate of the Church.
o Christian Workers’ Movement of Archdiocese of Bombay is affiliated to Christian Workers’ Movement –India, which is affiliated to World Movement of Christian Workers, Belgium and has official status with the International Labour Organisation, UNESCO and other church organizations.
o Christian Workers’ Movement is NOT a Trade Union, nor an Employment Agency nor a problem solving body, but a Movement of Committed Catholics who work to build a NEW WORLD – A NEW SOCIETY, through a new form of Catechesis: SEE-JUDGE-ACT and REFLECTION AND ACTION in their homes, neighbourhoods, parishes, factories and offices and further that they have a special role to play in the Catholic Church.
BECOME A MEMBER AND STRENGTHEN THE WORKERS’ APOSTOLATE
Þ CHRISTIAN WORKERS’ MOVEMENT is open to all Catholic workers, professionals, business people, self-employed people, house-wives, and other Catholics including the retired and those who have opted for the Voluntary Retirement Scheme or Compulsory Retirement Scheme.
Þ Membership drive is open to Catholics from all parishes of Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Thane and Raigad and also from the Diocese of, Vasai,
Þ LIFETIME MEMBERSHIP [ONE TIME PAYMENT]: Rs. 250/- ONLY. Cheques should be made in favour of, “Christian Workers’ Movement”.
Þ Those enrolling as members kindly enclose a stamp size photograph for the CWM Membership Card.