New analysis of official figures by Labour shows women in our region are being paid 81p 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. That means women will work for free for the next 57 days.
A Labour Government will ask big companies with over 250 staff on Teesside and elsewhere 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.
Louise Baldock, Labour’s Parliamentary candidate in Stockton South said:
“Most people think women already have equality, that the old battles have been won long since but these shocking figures show the truth. I look forward to a Labour Government taking action to expose employers who pay men more than women. Labour will stand up for people here and across the country.”
Anna Turley, Labour’s Parliamentary candidate in Redcar said:
"It's unbelievable that in the 21st Century women are effectively now working for free until the end of the year, and that the gap is rising. At the same time women have been hit harder by the coalition's austerity measures, with higher unemployment and a cut of more than 10% of their disposable income since 2010."
New analysis of official figures by Labour shows women in our region are being paid 81p for every pound a man earns. The revelation comes as Equal Pay Day -...
Labour's Parliamentary Candidate for Redcar has today written to the company SITA which is building the new Energy From Waste Plant on the Wilton 11 site, to challenge them over the terms and conditions of their workforce and their use of overseas labour and in constructing the new plant.
Anna reacted after concerns were raised with her by local constituents that the new plant was being built using a majority of European construction contractors rather than employing local workers. On top of that she has been led to understand that workers there are being paid a salary which undercuts National Agreements.
Anna has written to ask SITA what proportion of their contracts have gone to European companies and what efforts have been made to secure local contractors and use the local Teesside workforce. She is also challenging them over what industrial agreements are in place, whether they being adhered to, and whether the construction is being carried out under the National Joint Council of Engineering (NAECI) National Agreement set up to protect terms and conditions and rights of employment.
"I was shocked to hear that such a major investment in our area that could provide so many jobs to local construction workers is potentially using a majority of overseas companies. We have a fantastic, highly skilled local workforce on Teesside and we urgently need jobs in this area. SITA should look first to them before going overseas. And if salaries and terms and conditions do not meet National Standards this will be challenged. I will be seeking a meeting SITA together with union representatives to discuss this shortly."
Labour's Parliamentary Candidate for Redcar has today written to the company SITA which is building the new Energy From Waste Plant on the Wilton 11 site, to challenge them over the terms...
Reacting to the news that Tata Steel have signed a memorandum of understanding with Klesch Group over the potential sale of its Long Products division, Labour Parliamentary Candidate Anna Turley said:
"This news is very concerning for those who work in Teesside's Tata Long Products operation. There appears to have been very little consultation with the unions to ensure the workers, their families and the local community are supported and their jobs protected. This must be a priority going forward.
"There is a long-term challenge to make sure Teesside remains a global force in steel making and the industry is coming out of a difficult period globally. However, the coalition have done nothing to invest in energy intensive industries and must take action to secure this key part of the UK's manufacturing future. We need a dynamic manufacturing and industrial strategy from a Labour government which will secure a stable and vibrant future for our steel industry on Teesside, with security for those who work in it."
Reacting to the news that Tata Steel have signed a memorandum of understanding with Klesch Group over the potential sale of its Long Products division, Labour Parliamentary Candidate Anna Turley...
Anna Turley, Labour’s candidate for the Redcar constituency, recently joined local firefighters and campaigners at the Redcar leg of the Fire Brigade Union’s (FBU) ‘Ring of Fire’ tour to highlight the devastating impact the government’s austerity agenda is having on the fire and rescue service.
The 20 date tour, which stopped in Redcar on 13th September, will promote the union’s recently published report Sounding the alarm: the future of the fire and rescue service which has found funding for the service has been cut by more than 20% during this parliament, that 5000 frontline firefighter jobs have been cut and 999 emergency response times have increased significantly.
“It’s such an important issue. The cuts have had a real impact in the fire service. In Redcar we’re about to lose a quarter of our firefighters to be replaced by part-time firefighters. Redcar is one of the most industrial places in the country and we also have the highest arson rate in the country. It’s a disgrace that the Government does not value their vital service.”
Anna Turley, Labour’s candidate for the Redcar constituency, recently joined local firefighters and campaigners at the Redcar leg of the Fire Brigade Union’s (FBU) ‘Ring of Fire’ tour to highlight...
Anna Turley, Labour candidate for Redcar constituency, today (21st September 2014) welcomed Labour’s plan to raise the National Minimum Wage to £8 an hour by the end of next Parliament.
This would mean a rise of £1.50 an hour for Teesside’s lowest paid workers worth £60 a week or £3,000 a year.
Commenting on the pledge Anna said:
“Increasing the National Minimum wage to £8 per hour will ensure that those doing a hard day’s work are rewarded fairly for doing so. It will bring the minimum wage closer to average earnings and will affect thousands of workers across the Redcar constituency.
“Day in, day out I hear from people who are working all the hours they can get, in some cases in more than one job and often with zero hours contracts, who just can't make ends meet. People who are working hard and trying to do the right thing often ask me ‘why they should bother?’
“I am delighted to hear this announcement. It shows Labour’s is on the side of those who are working hard and that a Labour Government won’t just accept a low wage economy; we will raise the national minimum wage and fight for a living wage for all.”
Anna Turley, Labour candidate for Redcar constituency, today (21st September 2014) welcomed Labour’s plan to raise the National Minimum Wage to £8 an hour by the end of next Parliament....
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