Luke Pollard

Labour & Co-operative MP for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport

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Equal Pay Day highlights inequality in wages for men and women

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Today is Equal Pay Day and it is three days earlier than it was last year meaning that the pay inequality between men and women is getting worse. The growing gender pay gap effectively means women in Plymouth working for free until 31st December from today onwards

New analysis of official figures by the Labour Party shows women in the South West are being paid just 80p for every pound a man earns.

The revelation comes as Equal Pay Day - the day that women across the UK effectively start working for free due to the gender pay gap - comes three days earlier this year because the pay gap is back on the rise under this Government. That means women will work for free for the next 57 days.

A Labour Government will ask companies with over 250 staff in the South West to publish their average hourly pay gap each year to expose whether men and women are being paid differently for doing the same work, and whether too few women occupy senior positions.

These shocking figures show the full extent of the gap in pay between men and women in Plymouth and across the country. In David Cameron and Nick Clegg’s Britain, not only do women get paid less than men, but things are getting worse. I am therefore glad that Labour is committing to requiring large companies to publish the hourly wage pay gap of their employees. This will allow us to take the steps to deliver equal pay for women and men across the country.

Gloria De Piero MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities: “Women are working an extra three days for free this year because the pay gap is back on the rise. Women shouldn’t have to wait another 50 years for Equal Pay which is why Labour will be calling a vote in Parliament to get big companies to publish their pay gap. If this Government doesn’t act, a Labour Government will.”

Regional Pay Gap Figures (in £s)

UK – Women earn on average 80p for every £1 a man earns

North East – 81p for every male pound

North West – 82p for every male pound

Yorkshire and the Humber – 80p 

East Midlands – 79p

West Midlands – 80p

East – 77p

London – 87p

South East – 75p

South West – 80p

Wales – 82p

Scotland – 82p

Northern Ireland – 89p

 

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