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Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Sutton and Cheam, Emily Brothers has written to Business Secretary, Vince Cable (Lib Dem), demanding to know why the Government continue to block action on equal pay.
On 16 December 2014 MP’s voted overwhelmingly in favour of measures for pay transparency that would see big companies (with over 250 staff) publish their gender pay gap. However the Government has so-far refused to implement it. The measure is supported by leading employers, including PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), who are one of just 5 companies known to voluntarily publish the information.
Tories and Lib Dems will next have an opportunity to support pay transparency on 27 February 2015 when the Government have another chance to support the proposal. Emily Brothers said:
“Up and down Sutton women and their families will be wondering why this Government won't take action on equal pay. That’s why I’ve written to the Business Secretary calling on him to support Equal Pay and get on with implementing pay transparency.
“Women across Britain are still earning on average 81p for every pound a man earns, leaving themselves and their families poorer. Pay transparency will encourage action on the pay gap. If this Government refuses to implement it, a Labour Government will.”
Despite the Government refusing to back the measure, Labour won the vote meaning the Bill will move further towards becoming law when it is next heard in Parliament on 27 February 2015. However, one dissenting MP will mean the entire Bill is killed.
The campaign for pay transparency is being led by Labour in Parliament, supported by leading employers including PricewaterhouseCoopers who are one of just 5 companies known to voluntarily publish their pay gap.
Pay transparency for large employers was originally included by Labour in the Equality Act (2010) (section 78), but ditched by the Conservatives and Lib Dems on entering Government. The measure is widely viewed as a way to stimulate action on the causes of the gender pay gap.
Women in the UK still earn on average just 81p for every pound a man earns. The UK Gender Pay Gap in the UK is still higher than in most other EU countries.


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