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ILO and UWI CGDS launches report on Reconciling work and family

For Release Upon Receipt - July 18, 2008

St. Augustine

The International Labour Organization(ILO), Sub regional Office for the Caribbean and the UWI Centre for Gender and Development Studies (CGDS) will jointly host the launch of the ILO report "Reconciling work and family: Issues and Policies in Trinidad and Tobago" on Tuesday 22nd July, 2008 at 10:00 a.m. at the UWI Learning Resource Centre (LRC), St. Augustine Campus.

Professor Rhoda Reddock and Dr. Yvonne Bobb-Smith, authors of the publication, will present the report at the launch, to be followed by a panel and open discussion. Panellists will include representatives of the Ministry of Labour and Small and Micro Enterprise Development; Ministry of Community Development, Culture and Gender Affairs; Ministry of the Attorney General; National Trade Union Centre; Employers' Consultative Association of Trinidad and Tobago and the Network of NGOs of Trinidad and Tobago for the Advancement of Women.

The report provides information on workers' experiences, particularly women, of negotiating work and family responsibilities and implications for gender equality and poverty in Trinidad and Tobago. It uses data, interviews and policy reviews to examine major trends and issues as well as offers recommendations for action, including measures to be taken by the government, employers and trade unions. This study is one of a number of country studies commissioned by the ILO's Conditions of Work and Employment Programme, within the context of international labour standards that address work-family issues, namely the Workers with Family Responsibilities Convention, No. 156 and the Maternity Protection Convention, No. 183.

For additional information and for requests to attend this launch, please contact the ILO Sub regional Office for the Caribbean at 623-7704 Ext 412.


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