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Kittiwake Economic Development Corporation

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We'll put the kettle on - but aren't holding our breath.
{February 1, 2002}




We'd really like to thank all of our readers for their input on our query about returning home to Newfoundland and Labrador.

First the results of our poll: of 45 total respondents, 60 per cent of expatriates said they would come home to Newfoundland so soon as they find an equal-paying job. 29 per cent said they have no intention to return permanently, and 11 per cent are coming home upon retirement.

And the big reason is money. Who can blame you? Plato said love makes the world turn, but the Ancient Greeks didn't have Visa. We all have to forge a life for ourselves, and that means a well-paying, rewarding job. The discrepancy in salary on the Rock and abroad was a major moot point identified in our forum. Here are some excerpts.

"We would come home in a heartbeat - but to what? What opportunities are there home for us? Ontario has allowed us to make a way of life for ourselves that is very comfortable. We have access to social events and travel. Owning my own business has been a wonderful and challenging endeavor.

Making Newfoundland attractive again will take lots of work. Salaries must increase, there needs to be jobs for specialty areas, improved appreciation of the workforce, and there must be room to move up in the corporation. Incentives are needed..."

You can let us know if things change..."

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"Going from a municipal government job in Alberta to working for private enterprise in Newfoundland was like walking into the "black labour market".

I agree with another comment in this section that employers have no respect for their employees. It's like "if you don't want this crappy job there are 500 people in line behind you who will take it". Employers really take advantage of the situation - the rich get richer and the poor get poorer."

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"Newfoundlanders have made it bad for themselves. People will leave great paying jobs abroad, to come back to Newfoundland and work for next to nothing just to be on the rock. Thus employers know, that they don't have to respect their employees, government included! because there is always someone waiting in the wings."

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To join the discussion, or read the full excerpts, click here.