True Equality for Women
Labour Party Manifesto

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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