Jim McGovern : Equal Pay Day
28 October 2014
In the week of Equal Pay Day, new figures reveal women in Scotland are earning 82p for every £1 earned by men.
Each year, Equal Pay Day marks the end of the year for working women as it is the day when they effectively start working for free until 31stDecember because they are still paid less than men.
In 2013 Equal Pay Day fell on 7th November but because of the pay gap between men and women rising even further it fell on 4th November in 2014.
There is further bad news for women as not only do they earn £2.53 less on average than men, but a quarter of all women are earning less than the minimum wage.
Four times as many women are also working part-time as they say they are unable to secure a full-time job and women make up the majority of zero-hours contracts which the Office for National Statistics estimates stands at 1.4million
Speaking on Equal Pay Day, Jim McGovern, MP for Dundee West said:
“After years of progress it’s very disappointing to see that the gender pay gap is still rising, particularly after Labour closed the pay gap by almost 1/3 whilst in Government and closed the gap almost entirely for women under the age of 40. Since 2010 this progress has ground to a halt.
“In the 21st century the fact that men earn so much more than women is obscene, and what we need is a Government that is willing to tackle this endemic problem.
“Consequently Labour have pledged to bring in pay transparency which will see companies with more than 250 workers publish their hourly pay gap in their annual report.
“To tackle this pay gap and increasing costs faced we will also scrap the bedroom tax which has been hitting 400,000 women, introduce 25 hours of free childcare to support mums who want to go back to work, scrap exploitative zero hours contracts and incentivise paying the living wage.”