How Labor Laws And The Work Of The Individual And How They Have A Major Effect On Poverty

2071 Words Sep 14th, 2016 9 Pages
In the late 1800’s, labor laws and ethics were something that nobody thought of and did much about. It wasn’t until the reign of Pope Leo XIII and his idea of a revolutionary change that came in the doctrine of the Rerum Novarum, which focused on the laboring class. In first world countries, they have labor laws to help benefit the worker, but those first world companies take advantage of third world countries, and impoverished individuals. The focus of this paper will focus on how labor laws and the work of the individual and how they have a major effect on poverty. In first world countries, labor laws were created to protect and benefit the labor workers and to enable them to profit from their labor. According to Economic Justice for All, “employment is a basic right, a right which protects the freedom of all to participate in the economic life of society.” This quote is true for all individuals of all backgrounds, and not just those in first world countries. Many individuals in the world do not benefit from the property that makes profits and so they must endure employment to elude poverty, and to support themselves and their families. With the ethics of Economic Justice for All, in the United States alone, there are 8 million American’s that are unemployed, cannot find jobs, and are living under the poverty line, which equivalates to 7 percent of the labor force in America. The article goes on to say that “the burdens of unemployment compel us to the conviction that as…
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