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LABOUR’S EMILY BROTHERS CALLS FOR MORE TRANSPARENCY AS GENDER PAY GAP WIDENS
TUESDAY 4 NOVEMBER 2014

In the week of Equal Pay Day new figures reveal women in London earn £2.06 or 13.2% less per hour than men, new analysis has revealed.
Equal Pay Day – the day women effectively start working for free because they are still paid less than men – falls on 4 November this year, 3 days earlier than in 2013 because of the rising pay gap. Labour have pledged to take action to deliver equal pay by requiring companies with more than 250 workers to publish their hourly pay gap in their annual report. For the first time employees will be able to see if discrimination exists and whether all the top jobs are still dominated by men.
Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Sutton and Cheam, Emily Brothers said:
“Equal pay is long overdue. Under David Cameron and Nick Clegg the pay gap is back on the rise after years of progress, as families are struggling with rising prices. We will act by asking employers to publish their pay gap figures.
“After years of falling under Labour, the pay gap is back on the rise under the Tory-LibDem Coalition. In London Men Earn £15.62 per hour on average, compared to £13.56 per hour earned by women on average.
“Women today still earn just 80p for every male-earned pound, 44 years after Labour’s Barbara Castle passed the Equal Pay Act.”
Ms Brothers explained that a Labour Government will take action where this Government has failed:
• Labour will require big companies to publish their pay gap so that for the first time, women will be able to see if they’re being paid less for doing equivalent work, exposing where too few women are in the top jobs;
• Labour will call a vote in Parliament by the end of this year on pay transparency, calling on the Government to implement section 78 of the Equality Act which would deliver this.
The Labour Party has announced that in Government it will implement Section 78 of the Equality Act 2010 which would require companies with over 250 employees to publish male and female employee’s average hourly pay and the pay gap between them.
Last year the Office for National Statistics (ONS) Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings showed the pay gap back on the rise, for the first time since 2008 (from 19.6%-19.7% for all women and 9.5%-10.0% for women working full-time) http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/dcp171778_335027.pdf

 

 

 

 

 

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