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-LGBTQI+ discrimination. Not to mention the economic and psychological harms to the workers themselves and their families. Ensuring LGBTQI+ 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 organisations, non-profits too can use guidance in making the spaces within their organizations LGBTQI+-friendlier. Labour adjudicators and public sector managers and policymakers can also benefit from locally relevant measures for LGBTQI+ workplace inclusion. LGBTQI+ workers in non-unionized workplaces, too, may be unsure of how to frame their needs in ways employers might embrace.
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The Policy wias aunched on 30th June 2021! See details below!
CAISO is available to offer support, training and resources for all employers and workplaces that want to adopt/adapt and implement this policy. And we invite your feedback on the policy as it is a living document. This is the 2nd version - recently updated in May 2022. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. | email@example.com.
CAISO: Sex and Gender Justice, in partnership with the Equal Opportunity Commission and with funding from the British High Commission to Trinidad and Tobago, launched a Model LGBTI+ Workplace Policy for Trinidad and Tobago on 30th June 2021.
Details in the Media Release above.
Watch the Launch here on the CAISO Facebook Page.