Anneliese Dodds MEP

The South East's Voice in Europe

South gender pay gap the worst in the UK

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Today marks Equal Pay Day, which means that from today until the end of the year women are effectively not being paid due to the gender pay gap. 

Equal Pay Day this year falls on 4th November -- 3 days earlier than last year because the gender pay gap has increased under this Conservative-led coalition government.

The South East has the highest gender pay gap in the country, with men earning on average almost 25% more than women. Women across the country have been hit hard by the coalition's policies. More than half of zero-hour contracts are held by women, and a quarter of all women earn less than the living wage.

Anneliese said: "It's shocking that 44 years after Labour passed the Equal Pay Act, women in the UK are only earning 80 pence for every pound earned by men. The last Labour government closed the pay gap by almost a third but under the coalition we have seen it increase -- another sign that this government does not care about gender equality."

A Labour government will require companies with more than 250 workers to publish their hourly pay gap in their annual report. This will allow employees to see if discrimination exists in their workplace and therefore help them to fight for equal pay for equal work.

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