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Join with us to end the gender pay gap

Posted on May 22, 2017 at 05:11 PM

This Wednesday, the Labour Senators will table a bill requiring employers to publish the difference between what they pay men and what they pay women.

We are asking all Labour members to join us on Kildare Street outside Leinster House at 6pm on Wednesday 24th May, to show your support for this legislation.

The Gender Pay Gap Information Bill 2017 requires medium to large-sized companies to regularly publish wage transparency surveys that would highlight any difference in pay between their male and female employees.

Despite some improvements and a sea change in attitudes, women in modern Ireland still earn on average 13.9 per cent less than men per hour, according to the most up-to-date figures from the European Commission.

Put another way, this amounts to women in full time roles working for free for just over a month every year.

This isn't good enough. Requiring employers to reveal the extent of the pay gap would increase the incentive to address the gender pay gap.

Join us at Leinster House this Wednesday at 6pm to tell the Government to accept the Labour legislation.

If you can't make it to the Oireachtas next Wednesday, our friends in IMPACT trade union have started an online campaign in support of our Bill. You can support the online campaign by clicking here.

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