Women in Cardiff Central still earn just 81 pence for every pound a man earns according to official figures from the ONS.
Today I called on the Government to task the independent Equalities and Human Rights Commission to produce an ‘Annual Equal Pay Check’ reporting on Britain’s gender pay gap, and make recommendations for action by Government and employers so specific progress can be made.
I spoke as part of the Labour Party’s debate in Parliament on Wednesday 1st July on the topic.
It’s a national scandal that 45 years after the Equal Pay Act was passed, women from Cardiff Central still earn just 81 pence for every male pound. It’s vital we make sure the new information published by companies leads to real progress that will collect the right information and make recommendations for action.
From 2016, employers of over 250 workers will be required to publish their gender pay gap – something Labour has long campaigned for – in a move intended to focus efforts on closing the gender pay gap.
Half the population earning less than the other half of the population because of their gender is simply wrong. It’s time for action.
Constituency gender pay gap figures refer to the gap between male and female median hourly earnings excluding overtime in the constituency, taken from the ONS Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (2014).