Protecting the Dignity of Workers

The Joseph Cardijn Award recognises young people who have stood up for the rights of workers and students, helped people into work, or shown leadership among their peers or colleagues.

The right to work, to have a job, to earn money and so support your family are all connected to the dignity of each individual. Catholic social teaching affirms that human beings are not merely a commodity, a tool as part of a process to make things. Human beings are greater than any thing. They deserve a fair wage and proper working conditions.

Nomination Tips:  

This is a broad area of Catholic social teaching and the award recipient could be employed or unemployed, but is someone who is committed to the value of hard work and respecting the worker. Do you know a young person who truly lives out justice in their workplace or school? A young person who stands up for the rights of others? Maybe you know a young adult who is living out their vocation through their work, or someone who is very active in supporting others live out their vocation. 

One of the 2015 award recipients was Ryan Earle, who had been very inspired by the work of the Young Christian Workers and became his local group’s president. Inspired by his work with the YCW, Ryan began campaigning with London Citizens for the rights of workers. Nominations are now open.

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There are seven categories covering a huge variety of areas, and each has its own criteria. These guidance notes and FAQs provide you with more detail about the criteria of each award and provide some hints on what the panellists will be looking for. Every young person nominated will be considered for the Pope Francis Award, presented by Archbishop Malcolm McMahon.

This resource sheet provides you with a 90 minute youth work session for youth groups or informally in school or college. There is also an accompanying PowerPoint. And check out our FAQs.

We are pleased that St Mary's University, Twickenham is partnering with the Awards to enable us to celebrate the incredible work of young people throughout England and Wales.