Women ‘work for noth­ing’

Evening Times - - FRONT PAGE - BY CATRI­ONA STE­WART

WOMEN across Glas­gow and the rest of Scot­land will ef­fec­tively work for free for the rest of the year from to­day.

Fig­ures show women earn on av­er­age 14 per cent less than men, which means they are un­paid for their work as of to­day.

WOMEN across Glas­gow and the rest of Scot­land will ef­fec­tively work for free for the rest of the year from to­day.

Fig­ures from the UK Of­fice for Na­tional Sta­tis­tics, pub­lished last week, show progress has stalled on the coun­try’s gen­der pay gap.

As women earn on av­er­age 14 per cent less than men, it means they are un­paid for their work as of to­day.

Anna Ritchie Allan, ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor of Close the Gap, said: “An­other Equal Pay Day passes with no change in women’s ex­pe­ri­ences of em­ploy­ment, which finds them clus­tered into un­der­val­ued, low-paid jobs such as clean­ing, car­ing and re­tail.

“We know the lack of qual­ity part-time work par­tic­u­larly af­fects women, and re­sults in their con­tin­ued un­der-rep­re­sen­ta­tion in higher-paid, man­age­ment and se­nior po­si­tions.

“The pay gap is an en­demic prob­lem which re­quires a co­he­sive, strate­gic re­sponse to ad­dress its many in­ter­re­lated causes.

“Close the Gap has en­thu­si­as­ti­cally wel­comed Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment’s com­mit­ment to de­velop an ac­tion plan to tackle Scot­land’s per­sis­tent gen­der pay gap. We would urge the gov­ern­ment to be bold in its ap­proach.

“It’s time to trans­late the rhetoric around the pay gap into sub­stan­tive ac­tion, and cre­ate mean­ing­ful change for women.”

It has pre­vi­ously been re­ported that the gen­der pay gap in Scot­land will take more than 100 years to close.

The Fawcett So­ci­ety claimed the drive to equalise pay is go­ing back­wards, with younger women as well as older fe­male em­ploy­ees see­ing their pay fall be­hind that of men.

Equal pay is cur­rently a hot topic in Glas­gow with 8,000 women claim­ing against Glas­gow City Coun­cil for decades of un­fair pay.

Thou­sands of fe­male coun­cil work­ers went on a high­pro­file strike last month over the is­sue, which may cost the lo­cal au­thor­ity as much as £500 mil­lion to re­solve.

The over­all mean pay gap be­tween men and women is 13.9 per cent, while the gap for full-time pay is 10.2 per cent. For part-time pay is 29.7 per cent.

Cather­ine Mayer, pres­i­dent of the Women’s Equal­ity Party, said “The Women’s Equal­ity Party is ask­ing women and girls to set their Out Of Of­fice on email and so­cial me­dia on Fri­day.

“Be­cause if they aren’t be­ing paid to work, then why should they?”

“Women are rightly fed up at the lack of progress.”

Pic­ture: Kirsty An­der­son

Equal pay stri­keers in Glas­gow

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