Government scraps Labour’s planned rules on equal pay

Government scraps Labour’s planned rules on equal pay

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/government-scraps-labours-planned-rules-on-equal-pay-2149721.html

“The Government has scrapped plans to force big businesses to disclose the difference in pay for men and women they employ, on the day it emerged that little progress had been made in bringing women into the boardroom.”

A strange way to promote equal pay

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/comment/david-prosser-a-strange-way-to-promote-equal-pay-2149726.html

Gender pay disclosure plans eased by coalition

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-11900104

Women still struggle to get top FTSE 100 jobs – report

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-11894665

“The number of female executives in top jobs at the UK’s leading 100 firms is almost unchanged for a third year running, a report says.”

UK Office for National Statistics

http://www.statistics.gov.uk/cci/nugget.asp?id=1654

“…But men and women still follow very different career paths. Men are ten times more likely than women to be employed in skilled trades (19 per cent compared with 2 per cent) and are also more likely to be managers and senior officials. A fifth of women in employment do administrative or secretarial work compared with 4 per cent of men. Women are also more likely than men to be employed in the personal services and in sales and customer services. Similar proportions of men and women work in professional, associate professional and elementary occupations, such as labourers and catering assistants.”…

Britain embraces ‘positive action’ to abolish workplace discrimination

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/8177872/Britain-embraces-positive-action-to-abolish-workplace-discrimination.html

3 thoughts on “Government scraps Labour’s planned rules on equal pay

  1. i’m shocked [sarcastically]. this government ought to come right out and say it: they want women in the home. their policies make it so clear. [insert tirade of four-lettered ConDem abuse here.]

  2. Sadly, yes. They rely on our apathy. They rely on our silence. They rely on our acceptance of the status quo. The more people who speak out, the more people who raise consciousness, the more people who get people critically and morally thinking and speaking, the closer we are to steps toward serious political organization that brings about social change/progress. One especially effective form of organized political activism, of course, is economic pressure. Get everyone in the world, or the society, or half the society, or just large enough numbers of people, simply to stop buying things – some sort of serious consumer commerce boycott – and people in power will quickly stop and really listen/begin to enact change. Tragically, not enough people are willing to sacrifice their time, voice, consumer behavior, potential risks to their reputation, jobs, opportunities, etc. and even lives, depending on where you live.

  3. David Prosser’s comment that “if the equalities minister is suggesting the Government doesn’t know best when it comes to requiring companies to do everything possible to ensure women are paid as well as men, she’s in the wrong job” hits the nail on the head – and not only suggests that she’s in the wrong job but that there’s no need for this role in the first place. Why don’t the coalition get rid of this post altogether if that’s their thinking?

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