Equal Pay Day

(November 03, 2014)

Steve & sandra

In the week of Equal Pay Day new figures reveal women in Liverpool earn less per hour than men.

In the North West women are earning 17.6 per cent less than men an hour new analysis reveals.

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 will 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.

Steve said: “As the father of two daughters I cannot believe that in 2014 we are still having to fight to ensure that my girls earn as much as my son when they go out into the world of work. It cannot be right that we continue to see women devalued in the work place.

“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. A Labour Government will take action by asking employers to publish their pay gap be.

“Women earn on average £2.53 less per hour than men. That’s just 80p for every pound a man earns. Since 2010 progress to close the pay gap has ground to a halt and is now back on the rise. In Government Labour closed the pay gap by almost 1/3rd and closed the gap almost entirely for women under 40. At the current rate of progress it will take over 100 years from Labour’s Equal Pay Act to deliver pay equality.

“It is also important to fully understand why this campaign is at the heart of Labour’s policy message going into Christmas. If you’re a woman in work, things have never been tougher. A quarter of all working women are now earning less than the living wage. A record six million women are working part time, four times as many as men, with part-time paying a third less per hour than a for full time job. Women also make up the majority (55%) of zero-hour contracts, which the ONS estimate to now total 1.4million employees. And with a third of the jobs women have found since 2010 coming through self-employment and an average income of £9,800 a year - less than the minimum wage if you’re working full-time, this figure is still 40% less than self-employed men.

“I’m proud that Gloria De Piero has championed this cause of women and I’m supporting her in any way that I can for the good of my wife, my sisters and my daughters and all the women in my family who will come after them”. 

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