Easter blessings from UCAN
There is no more important week in the year for Christians than this Holy Week. We call it Holy because of the mystery we celebrate - God's gift of His son who loves us to his death on Calvary and beyond.
Because of that love, we wish each other Happy Easter even when we know there is a lot of tragedy about it - Good Friday. As Christians, we know that what we see happening with and in Jesus goes to the heart of what we know from our own experience of life.
At the Second Vatican Council, the Christian lives we all lead were described as being shares in the Paschal Mystery. We have our share in the death and resurrection of Jesus every day. Our lives are part of the Paschal Mystery.
At UCAN, we work to describe that mystery in the unfolding tragedies and astonishing blessings of the people we seek out and report, feature and comment on.
While at times deeply distressing work, this effort of ours gets its coherence in the same way the death of Jesus did - because of the astonishing grace of a God who never gives up on life and love.
Because of that, we can wish you Happy Easter.
Fr. Michael Kelly SJ
S. Korean president warns unions not to resist her reforms
Unions blame government for state-run firms' $932 million debt
Picture: Korea Herald
- Korea Herald
- February 11, 2014
President Park Geun-hye said Monday that she won’t tolerate any labor resistance to her drive to reform the public sector, castigating debt-ridden institutions’ morals, excessive welfare benefits and lack of efforts to improve their management.
“(I’m) extremely worried about resistance moves by labor unions at public institutions against the reform plan to normalize (the public sector), and the people won’t tolerate this either,” she said during a weekly meeting with senior secretaries.
“The people are tightening their belts due to (economic) difficulties. But if the public companies keep (their) lax management (practices), we should let people know the realities of (public institutions) and let the public institutions take voluntary steps for change,” she said.
The president’s warning came after unionized workers in the public sector refused to participate in labor-management negotiations by holding the government responsible for state-run firms’ growing debt. They said the practice of well-connected politicians or former government officials being parachuted into the top post of public bodies or the government’s policy failures have put public firms heavily in debt.
Reform of the public sector is part of Park’s major state agenda.
Park, during a New Year’s press conference, said she would push ahead with a three-year economic renovation plan to stimulate growth and raise the level of per capita income.
To accomplish the goal, the president has vowed to carry out a high level of reform in both the public and private sectors as well as to encourage creative economy and expand domestic demand.
Under her vision of “normalizing the abnormal,” the president said she would make public entities more efficient, accountable and transparent, implying sweeping reform in the sector.
State-owned enterprises and other public organizations have been at the center of criticism due to their rapidly growing debt and lax management practices.
Park said that lax management at public institutions is so serious that the people would not believe it.
As of 2013, the cumulative debt of the 12 most heavily indebted public corporations reached 412 trillion won (US$932 million), surpassing the central government’s annual budget of 355 trillion won set for this year, Park said quoting recent data.
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Source: Korea Herald