Newfoundland Association for Full Employment

Year Published:  1978  
Resource Type:  Organization
Cx Number:  CX777

One of several groups across Canada recently organized to protest government and business policies which have created and support the current unemployment crisis.

Abstract:  One of several groups across Canada recently organized to protest government and business policies which have created and support the current unemployment crisis. It aims to 1) organize unemployed people to defend their own interests and basic human right to employment; 2) pressure the federal government to institute a policy of full employment; 3)speak out on issues affecting jobs in the province and 4) provide services and assistance to the unemployed.
Amongst other activities they have held a variety of educational meetings unemployment, dempostrated against unemployment insurance cutbacks, and created an Unimplemented Advocacy Service to assist people who are having problems with unemployment insurance claims.
NAFE supports the following principles: the right to meaningful work, a labour-intensive approach to industrial development, co-operation and self-sufficiency approach to industrial development, co-operation and self-sufficiency rather than competition and dependency on large corporation's, worker participation in decision-making and the ownership of the province's resources by all Newfoundlanders.
They have Produced the following documents: 1) "NAFE Brochure": out lines goals, principles and actions of the association, 2) "Oppose the UIC Cutbacks" : part of national campaign to fight the proposed cutbacks resulting from changes in the unemployment insurance regulations; 3) "NAFE Position on the Budget" : examines the provincial government's 'austerity' budget, its damaging effect upon the poor and unemployed, and the growing influence of multinationals in determining Newfoundland economic policy, 4) "Brief to the people's Commission on unemployment": reveals the human suffering behind the unemployment statistics and provides a clear analysis of the present economic situation with its inherent contradictions,
5) "Brief to the National Unity Task Force": the brief suggests the Task Force on National Unity is an attempt by the federal government to mask deeper national problems such as unemplyment.

This abstract was published in the Connexions Digest in 1978.
See also CX2305.
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