Stella Creasy told parliament that “188 years later, we are still waiting” this afternoon as she introduced proposals to require wider reporting from organisations in relation to data on their gender pay gap.
Presenting her bill in the Commons this afternoon, the Labour backbencher highlighted that nine in ten women in the UK are working for a company in which women are on average paid less than their male counterparts.
The proposed law, put forward today with cross-party support, would lower the threshold for those organisations required to publish gender pay gap data from 250 employees to 100, alongside a number of other measures including:
- Allowing women to request data relating to a male colleague if they think there might be a gap.
- Requiring mandatory plans of action to fix any gender pay gap identified.
- Removing the time limit on women being able to claim back pay.
- Giving women back pension rights lost because of pay discrimination.
- Awarding damages for the emotional harm suffered as a result of discrimination.
- Making sure that current rules protecting women’s equal pay rights are retained after Brexit.
Creasy said: “You could be forgiven for thinking that we’ve been here before because women have been asking for equal pay since 1833. The first recorded instance was in Robert Owen’s Labour Exchange…
“188 years later, we are still waiting. Indeed, last year alone there were 30,000 equal pay claims made at tribunal. So, too, this year we’ve seen that the gender pay gap is actually increasing, not closing.