In Parliament this week I voted to introduce pay transparency across large companies. The measure will require companies which employ over 250 staff to publish their own gender pay gap in their annual report.
Despite the motion being voted through, the Government indicated that it did not intend to make pay transparency the law.
Shockingly women still earn an average 81p for every pound earned by men, despite the Equal Pay Act being passed 44 years ago. New analysis of official figures shows that because of the gender pay gap, women earn an average £209,976 less over their lifetime than men.
Women and their families across our area will be wondering why some MPs failed to back equal pay for millions of women across Britain. Women shouldn’t have to wait another generation for equal pay. Pay transparency will shine a light on the problem and help employers to close the pay gap once and for all.