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Labour Parliamentary candidate for Runnymede and Weybridge has challenged local MP Philip Hammond to support Equal Pay for Women, by backing a forthcoming vote in Parliament.
Next Tuesday’s parliamentary vote calls for pay transparency across companies which employ over 250 staff. It requires them to publish their own gender pay gap yearly in their annual report.
“Sadly there are many women working locally, who for one reason or another, are not paid the same as men doing the same job, “said Arran Neathey this week.
“This is manifestly unfair and this bill aims to put this right.”
The campaign for pay transparency is being led by Labour in Parliament, and supported by leading employers including PricewaterhouseCoopers who are one of just 5 companies known to voluntarily publish their pay gap. Women still earn an average 81p for every pound earned by men, despite the Equal Pay Act being passed 44 years ago.
Women’s magazine Grazia and Unite will be holding a rally in Parliament on the 16th calling on MPs to support the vote, and will be joined by women from the original Ford Dagenham strike and cast members from the hit film ‘Made in Dagenham’
“I have written to Philip Hammond asking on him to support Equal Pay and vote for pay transparency in Parliament on Tuesday 19th,” said Arran Neathey.
“44 years since the Equal Pay Act, women are still being paid, on average 81p for every pound a man takes home. Mr Hammond and all the other MPs have the chance to end this and finally make equal pay a reality for women and their families,” he added.
“I call on Philip Hammond to support Equal Pay or say why he won’t”, challenged Labour’s Arran Neathey.
- For further information contact Arran Neathey on email@example.com
- At 12.30pm on Tuesday December 16th, Labour’s Sarah Champion MP will introduce a 10 Minute Rule Bill to implement section 78 of the Equality Act (2010).
- Pay transparency for large employers was originally included by Labour in the Equality Act (2010) but ditched by the Conservatives and Lib Dems on entering Government. The measure is widely viewed as a way to stimulate action on the causes of the gender pay gap.
- Women in the UK still earn on average just 81p for every pound a man earns. The UK Gender Pay Gap in the UK is still higher than in most other EU countries.
- The Lib Dems recently announced that section 78 was now Lib Dem policy, but have failed to back the measure in Government.