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Labour's plans for Women at Work

20 January 2020

Statement by Senator Ivana Bacik
Seanad Group Leader and Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs and International Human Rights

The Labour Party has today launched plans to tackle gender inequality in the workplace.

“Women at Work” focuses on some of the key issues impacting women such as the Gender Pay Gap, childcare crisis and a lack of employment flexibility.

Labour Director of Elections, Senator Ivana Bacik, who spearheaded the Labour Party’s Gender Pay Gap legislation, said:

“There are a number of issues impacting women today that continue to place us on an unequal footing in the workplace.

“But we know that there are concrete steps which can be taken to reduce gender inequality and ensure more opportunities for women at work.

“Currently Irish women earn around 14 less than men, meaning women working full time essentially stop getting paid at around 4 o’clock every day.

“Labour has put forward legislation to tackle the gender pay gap, which we ensured got through the Seanad and passed at Second Stage in the Dail.

“But the Government has stalled any further progress and its own gender pay gap bill remains stagnant with no move to bring it forward since May 2019. This represents a real failure to ensure equality for women in the workplace - and the continued inaction makes no sense, when businesses and employers all over Ireland are ready and prepared to implement legislation on the gender pay gap and wage transparency.

“The Labour Party is committed to delivering gender pay gap law within our first 100 days if elected to office - a key commitment from a party with such a strong track record on gender equality."

Labour candidate for Dublin South Central, Councillor Rebecca Moynihan, who has led on gender equality issues in her own campaigning, said:

"Ireland's gender pay gap must be tackled - despite many decades of equality legislation, we still earn less than men in the workplace. Laws that require wage transparency have been proven effective in reducing the gap between the earnings of women and men in other countries - Labour has led on this issue all the way here in Ireland."

https://www.labour.ie/download/pdf/women_at_work_-_ge2020.pdf