Last month MPs voted overwhelmingly in favour of measures for pay transparency that would see big companies (with over 250 staff) publish their gender pay gap. However the Government has so far refused to implement pay transparency.
Women across Britain are still earning on average 81p for every pound a man earns, leaving themselves and their families poorer. Pay transparency will encourage action on the pay gap.
The campaign for pay transparency is being supported by leading employers, including PricewaterhouseCoopers who are one of just five companies known to voluntarily publish their pay gap.
The Government will have another chance to support the Equal Pay (Transparency) Bill when it is next heard in Parliament on 27 February. However one dissenting MP will mean the entire Bill is killed.
Across the Rother Valley women and their families will be wondering why this Government won’t take action on equal pay. That’s why I have written to the Business Secretary calling on him to support equal pay and get on with implementing pay transparency.