Reconciling work and family: Issues and policies in Trinidad and Tobago, Conditions of Work and Employment Series No. 18

This publication is part of a series of national reports examining patterns and trends in issues, policies, and practices regarding reconciliation between paid work and unpaid family responsibilities. Trinidad and Tobago provides an interesting example of the implications of industrialization, economic diversification and large-scale migration for the relationship between workers' paid and unpaid work in a small island economy. The paper uses data, interviews and policy reviews to examine major trends and issues regarding work-family conflict for families in Trinidad and Tobago, illustrating the many problems faced by workers, particularly women, in coping with both the need to earn income and to provide care for their families. The paper offers recommendations for action and measures by the government, employers and trade unions to address these challenges in meaningful ways.