Wednesday, 28 March 2012

UNISON backs Cosmopolitan's call for Equal Pay

Karen Jennings, assistant general secretary for negotiation and bargaining at UNISON is calling on UNISON members to back women's magazine Cosmopolitan's call for the government to make equal pay auditing compulsory.

Equal pay auditing means comparing the pay scales of men and women within the same organisation to make sure that women are not paid less than men on grounds of gender for doing the same work.

Ms Jennings, said:

“Cosmopolitan has set up an e-petition and with the power of the union behind it, we want to hit the target of 100,000 signatures as quickly as possible.

"UNISON has campaigned long and hard for fairness and equality for women. It is a sad fact that 40 years in from the Equal Pay Act, we still have a battle on our hands, with women still earning 17% less than men.

"We want employers to be transparent about how they pay their workers and to undertake full equal pay audits, so they can address any pay inequality that exists and to ensure women are not being targeted unfairly for redundancy.”

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