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Gender pay gap reporting is a start but we need to see action to close gap too, says TUC

Responding to a government announcement today (Sunday) that firms will be forced to include bonus payments when they publish details of the pay gap between men and women employees and that gender pay gap reporting will also be extended to the public sector, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:

“Publishing information on gender pay gaps in salaries and bonuses is a start. But it is just that – a start. Employers need to look at why women are still being paid less than men and do something meaningful about it.

“If the Prime Minister is serious about ending the gender pay gap within a generation he must not delay mandatory pay gap reporting and he should extend the law to medium-size companies as well as large employers. And companies that don’t comply with the law should be fined.

“If the government really wants to help women workers, it should also stop cutting tax credits and public services that make up a vital part of women’s income.

“It is shocking the UK still has such a large gender pay gap 45 years after the Equal Pay Act and I would urge all women concerned about their pay to join their union, to get their voice heard and their interests represented at work.”

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