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Gender pay gap means women in the North East work for free until 31st December - 3 extra days this year
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."