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Angry Vatican Employees Write to Pope Francis to Protest Pay Cuts

“Embittered” employees of the Vatican City State have written an open letter to Pope Francis protesting recent across-the-board cuts in salary.

Responding to the pope’s decision in late March to address a Vatican deficit by cutting employees’ salaries, the letter asks: “How much more will we have to sacrifice to pay a for budget deficit that certainly does not stem from our mistakes?”

Ostensibly to “safeguard existing jobs” and avoid layoffs, the pope reduced the pay of Vatican cardinals by ten percent and decreased salaries for the heads of Vatican departments and secretaries by eight percent, “according to criteria of proportionality and progressivity,” measures that employees insist are riddled with inequities.

The hiring block (with inevitable overload of employees already in service), the suspension of promotions and functional level changes (despite increased work responsibilities), the non-payment of overtime hours, the unpaid recovery of the hours compulsorily spent at home during the lockdown period without the possibility of smart-working, and now the cut of biennial seniority increases, only aggravate the working conditions of Vatican employees.