New Norms for Labor Laws in Vatican City

Source: FSSPX News

The Apostolic Letter signed by Benedict XVI, on July 7, 2009, redefined the statute of the Labor Office of the Holy See (Ulsa), created 20 years ago by John Paul II, in 1989, and in charge of the 4,600 people working within the walls of the smallest State in the world.
On August 8 last, in a long interview granted to the Osservatore Romano, Massimo Bufacchi, Director of the Ulsa, announced that the “regulation recently enforced” was “very much in advance, precisely concerning the measures taken in favor of the family.” The new norms defined by the Apostolic Letter in the form of a Motu Proprio are thus in accordance “with many initiatives recently taken in Italy, he explained. It ranges “from bonuses for each new birth to the increase of child welfare, especially for large families or those with low incomes, for families who have or assist handicapped persons, to yearly bonuses for kindergartens, and yearly checks to help buy schoolbooks.”
But the new regulation “goes beyond this, providing, for instance, within the context of measures in favor of maternity, special paid authorizations for those who must travel outside of Italy to apply for adoption.” “We must take into account the fact that, since in the Vatican there are no revenue-taxes on labor, each measure for aid must be assumed by each administrative department, to which are added individual contributions, Massimo Bufacchi next explained to the Vatican’s daily. Indeed, there is not in the Vatican “any kind of social security similar to Italian INPS, which pays the salaries of Italian women during their maternity leave.”
As of December 31, 2008, women made up 19% of the Vatican staff, which was a rise of 5% over 5 years. During the interview, Massimo Bufacchi did not fail to mention retirement age, up to now at 65 years old, specifying that at the Vatican “there has never been any difference between men and women concerning retirement age.” On the other hand, “for those who will be begin to work in 2010, the retirement age will henceforth be at 67 years old, and on this point too, we are ahead,” the director of the Ulsa also emphasized.
The Central Labor Office of the Apostolic See had been created by John Paul II with the Motu Proprio Au premier anniversaire on January 1, 1989. The new institution was thus in charge of “in the context of their work, under the direction of the pope, the dignity of each collaborator be concretely honored, that economic and social rights of each member be recognized, protected, harmonized and enhanced, that the duties of each be discharged more and more faithfully, that a strong feeling of responsibility be stimulated, and that service be ceaselessly improved.” (DICI n° 205 - 11/19/2009 – Sources: vatican.va/apic/imedia)