Campaign for women's ‘right to know’ on pay
You may have read in the press that there is a campaign being run by a gender equality charity, The Fawcett Society, to make a change in the law to try to cut down on instances of unequal pay. They believe that women should have the right to know what their male colleagues are being paid if they suspect pay discrimination. Would that worry you?
The Equal Pay Act came into force 44 years ago on 29th December 1975, but figures show that we are still a long way from pay parity as a nation. Fawcett Society chief executive Sam Smethers has said, "Pay secrecy means women cannot know if they are being paid equally and fairly. Even if they do suspect a man is earning more it is almost impossible to do anything about it. This is why we are calling for a change in the law." She said that women need an enforceable "right to know" about what their colleagues earn so that they can challenge unequal pay. “Men can help by simply telling their female colleagues what they earn. It really is that simple,"
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Posted on 29 Nov 2019