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Some are more equal than others...

Comment by our Training and Development Worker Isobel Loughran


2014 sees the 30th anniversary of the amendment to the 1970 Equal Pay act ‘equal pay for work of equal value' principle.

The gender pay gap in Northern Ireland is said to be decreasing, bu
t this does not necessarily mean there is greater equality. A recent OFMDFM report stated that: “The low pay gap in Northern Ireland appears to be due to a large extent to the public sector premium, and perhaps, to a lesser degree, to a slightly more even income distribution and lower female employment levels than in Britain.”

A number of researchers found that men’s concentration in high paying industries and women’s in the public sector contributes strongly to the gender pay gap for graduates in their early careers. This has additional implications in Northern Ireland with its large public sector.

Not only does the gender pay gap mean that women are worse off than men currently, according to the Women and Work Commission, it also means that women are at greater risk of falling below the poverty line and of being worse off than men in retirement. This is because women are not permitted to accrue sufficient contributions to entitle them to a full state pension.

Statistics on school performance show that girls regularly outperform boys. Yet we also know that better performance in school fails to translate to better, or even equal, success in the labour market or indeed in public life.

Ensuring equal pay requires actions from a huge range of players, including the government, employers, trade unions and community and voluntary sector.

The current legislation is loaded against the claimant who needs huge courage and tenacity to pursue an equal pay case. The introduction of fees to take a case to tribunal in July 2013 has made implementation more difficult.

Government shifts towards flexible childcare choices and increased paternity leave are welcome. Such measures will hopefully work towards levelling the playing field and reducing "maternity risk’’.

Ultimately, while the debate grinds on, women continue to be paid less than men for work of equal value.
 

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