First Ever Class Action Labor Lawsuit Filed Against Vatican

Forty-nine Vatican Museums employees have started an unprecedented labour dispute over what they say are unfair and poor conditions at their workplace, which could lead to an embarrassing lawsuit against Pope Francis’ administration.

The workers, mostly museum attendants, have sent a petition to the Vatican’s “Governatorato”, the body that administers the Vatican City State, lamenting rules that cause “labour conditions undermining each worker’s dignity and health”, said lawyer Laura Sgrò, who is representing them.

They include extra work hours paid at lower rates and insufficient health and safety provisions, Sgrò said.

“Workers have decided this action only after all their demands and requests over years were left unanswered,” she said.

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