One of the assets of doing business in Trinidad & Tobago is the diversity of our workforce. It’s no secret from the management literature that workplaces that encourage and accommodate worker diversity see the returns in their bottom line. Researchers have also begun to document the costs to national economies of anti-LGBTI+ discrimination. Not to mention the economic and psychological harms to the workers themselves and their families. Ensuring LGBTI+ people find an equal place at work is in the interest not just of those workers but many others.”
Besides being good for business, making Trinidad and Tobago’s workplaces equal is also an ethical question for many, a simple matter of fairness. Some employers and associations seek to champion workplace equality in their fields. Every union in Trinidad & Tobago may have LGBTI+ members, but most are unaware of their concerns or the measures they could be negotiating for in collective agreements, so both employers and unions leave value on the table.
In addition to business organizations, non-profits too can use guidance in making the spaces within their organizations LGBTI+-friendlier. Labour adjudicators and public sector managers and policymakers can also benefit from locally relevant measures for LGBTI+ workplace inclusion. LGBTI+ workers in non-unionized workplaces, too, may be unsure of how to frame their needs in ways employers might embrace.
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