Increasing female representation and closing the gender pay gap
Women don’t earn the same as men, and are denied access to necessary healthcare. An estimated two-thirds of low-paid workers in Ireland are women.
Labour in Government introduced gender quotas that will see a significant rise in the number of women in Dáil Éireann and legislated to give meaning to the judgement in the X case.
Our plan for the next five years:
- Hold a referendum to remove Article 40.3.3 (the 8th Amendment) from the Constitution
- Amend Article 42.1 dealing with the role of women in the home
- Implement the recommendations of the National Maternity Strategy
- Target 50% female participation in all state boards
- Compel all large companies to publish their gender pay gap
- Increase the Minimum Wage to a Living Wage which will especially advantage the two thirds of low-paid workers who are women
- Deliver low-cost childcare to help primary carers access the labour market
- Introduce a new Working Family Credit to better support women who want to re-enter the workforce