Newfoundland Association for Full Employment

Year Published:  1981  
Resource Type:  Organization
Cx Number:  CX2305

The Newfoundland Association for Full Employment (NAFE) was formed in 1977; its goals are: 1) to organize unemployed people to defend their own interests and their basic right to employment; 2) to pressure the federal government to institute a policy of full employment; 3) to speak out on issues affecting jobs in the province and 4) to provide services and assistance to the unemployed.

Abstract:  The Newfoundland Association for Full Employment (NAFE) was formed in 1977; its goals are: 1) to organize unemployed people to defend their own interests and their basic right to employment; 2) to pressure the federal government to institute a policy of full employment; 3) to speak out on issues affecting jobs in the province and 4) to provide services and assistance to the unemployed. Some of its basic principles include cooperation, the right of everyone to meaningful employment, greater self-sufficiency within the Newfoundland economy, greater worker participation in decisions affecting workers' lives, production oriented to the needs of people rather than to corporate profits and lastly, ownership of resources by Labradorians and Newfoundlanders.

NAFE estimates that unemployment affects 39% of the province's population and that while such a level of unemployment benefits a few, it severely threatens workers' interests and rights.

This group has been involved in educational activities, province-wide organizing, research and the compilation of information on the employment crisis. While NAFE's original orientation was to unemployment, it has become increasingly involved in other political, economic and development issues (including the oil issue).


See also CX777.
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