EQUAL PAY DAY
Despite the Equal Pay Act being introduced 45 years ago, women still earn less than men in Britain today.
According to Parliament's women and Equalities committee the gender pay gap is 19.2%, and has barely improved over the last four years. Figuratively speaking 'Equal Pay Day' marks the day that women work the rest of the year unpaid. Because the gender pay gap differs from year to year, the date also varies from year to year. Last year 'Equal Pay Day' fell on 9th November and this year 'Equal Pay Day' is on the 10th November so this gives an idea of how slow progress towards closing the gender pay gap actually is.
It is also worth bearing in mind that the date doesn't only move in one direction, and could slide backwards depending on the size of the gender pay gap, if the gender pay increases women work for longer without pay. A much recognised view now is that this slow rate of progress means that women will be waiting another 50 years for equal pay, but I heard that 10 years ago which suggests that progress is sadly much slower than predicted. Given that the first recorded example of female workers challenging their employers for pay parity with their male co-workers was in the textile factories in the 1830's, it is almost 200 years that women workers have been asking for equal pay.
for more information please go to http://www.unisonsoutheast.org.uk/equal_pay_day_2016