Pope criticizes business moves that threaten livelihoods
Calls shady deals that puts employment at risk a 'grave sin'
Pope Francis salutes the faithful upon his arrival in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican for his weekly audience on March 15, 2017. (Photo by Vincenzo Pinto/AFP)
Employers who make business deals that threaten people's livelihood commit a sin that robs men, women and their families of their dignity, Pope Francis said.
"Whoever — because of economic maneuvering and business dealings that are not all clear — closes factories and businesses and takes work away from men and women commits a grave sin," the pope said March 15 before concluding his weekly general audience, Catholic News Service reported.
The pope was speaking to a group of employees from Italy's Sky television; several hundred employees risk losing their jobs after the company announced plans to move their Rome headquarters to Milan.
According to Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera, Sky Italia claimed the move was due to rising costs and an outdated digital infrastructure in Rome. Local workers' unions have criticized the company's decision that will force 300 workers to transfer from the capital while an estimated 200 employees will be left without a job.
Source: Catholic News Service
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