WORKING women in Ashton-under-Lyne are earning £2 an hour LESS than men – for doing exactly the same jobs!
Labour’s Angela Rayner has highlighted the pay gap between men and women to mark Equal Pay Day on November 4th.
New figures show that men in the North West earn, on average, £11.96 an hour, while women earn just £9.85 – a pay gap of £2.11 an hour.
Angela Rayner, Labour’s prospective Parliamentary candidate for the Ashton-under-Lyne constituency, fought and won a pay rise for thousands of women home helps in the North West by demanding equal pay when single status councils were first introduced.
She says: “These 'pay gap' figures show how much we need to keep up the momentum for equal pay for women in all walks of life.
“Barbara Castle, who introduced the first Equal Pay Act in 1970, must be turning in her grave to see her hard work for justice and equal treatment being wrecked under David Cameron’s government.
“After years of progress, the clock is being turned back to the bad old days when women are being paid far less than a man for doing exactly the same job.
“As families are struggling to make ends meet, women are paying the price in their wage packets.
“It’s deeply unfair and discriminates against women. Employers who pay different rates for the same job, should be named and shamed and face big fines.
“It’s ironic that women are falling behind as the film ‘Made in Dagenham’ which tells the story of women’s struggle for equal pay is winning awards and entertaining audiences all over the country. We still have a long way to go to get justice and pay equality.”
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.