In the North West, women are earning 18% less than men an hour, new analysis reveals.
Equal Pay Day – the day women effectively start working for free because they are still paid less than men – falls on 4 November this year, 3 days earlier than in 2013 because of the rising pay gap.
Labour has pledged to take action to deliver equal pay by requiring companies with more than 250 workers will 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.
Andrew Gwynne MP said:
“Equal pay is long overdue. Under David Cameron and Nick Clegg the pay gap is back on the rise after years of progress, as families are struggling with rising prices. A Labour Government will take action by asking employers to publish their pay gap be.”
Gloria De Piero MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities said:
“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 David Cameron’s Government doesn’t act, a Labour Government will.”