Wednesday 4 January 2017 / 8:41 AM 2017 Press Archive / The Latest from Labour

This Tory Government are failing to address the pay gap’s underlying long-term causes – Sarah Champion

Sarah Champion MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State
for Women and Equalities
commenting on a report from the Resolution Foundation which claims that young
women starting in the world of work will still earn “significantly”
less than their male counterparts over their careers, said:

“It is encouraging to see the pay gap closing while
people are in their 20s, but it is also clear that this Tory Government are
failing to address its underlying long-term causes.

“Many women are still trapped in chronically
low-paid, low progression sectors of the economy, while the cost of childcare
has soared under the Tories. Thousands of new mothers are forced out of their
jobs each year due to maternity discrimination and the vast majority of tax and
benefit changes have fallen on the shoulders of women.

“Labour will pursue an economic strategy that works
to promote gender equality which is why we will gender audit all our economic
policies in government.”