Wednesday 17 January 2018 / 12:58 PM Dawn Butler / Women and Equalities

Today’s findings are damning indictment on Government’s failure to tackle gender pay gap – Butler

Dawn Butler MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities, commenting on reports by the ONS and the Young Women’s Trust on the gender pay gap, said:

“Today’s findings are a damning indictment on the Government’s failure to tackle the gender pay gap. While the Government claims progress, this latest analysis exposes severe work inequalities faced by women across the country and it is clear that we need urgent action to address it.

“This year marks 100 years since some women were allowed to vote for the first time. Although much has been achieved since this historic moment, there is still a lot of progress to be made in terms of gender equality and achieving equal pay is one of them.

“Addressing the barriers that contribute to the gender pay gap is key to this. Labour will make it a priority to tackle discrimination in the workplace and provide free childcare.  We will close the gender pay gap and introduce a civil enforcement system to ensure compliance with gender pay auditing. It is not right that women across the country face this unfair treatment.”