Unemployment Manifesto in Briar Patch
Vol, 6, No. 7, PP.23-27
Publisher: Saskatchewan Coalition for Full Employment , Canada
Year Published: 1977
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX393
An analysis of the unemployment manifesto in Briar Patch.
Abstract: The fate of "unbought'' human resources in our capitalist economy is the concern of this group calling for full employment. Their manifesto does not just call for the creation of full employment, however, it challenges some of the basic assumptions of capitalism that create unemployment and then blame the victim of unemployment for her/his own inability to find work. With nearly a million officially out of work and many more not included in the statistics, the present situation of high unemployment and high inflation is devastating to those suffering its effects. This group calls for four major changes to begin to "confront the routes" of the problem of unemployment: (1) Guaranteed unemployment insurance for those unemployed (2) decent working conditions and universal child care (3) nationalisation of key industries towards a genuine socialisation and (4) economic development in the interests of employed and unemployed workers.