Source: Labour List UK
Marsha de Cordova has criticised the Tories for their “indifference” to gender pay inequality – and called for the government to “prevent this crisis from further cementing women’s economic inequality”.
Marking Equal Pay Day on November 20th, the date that women effectively stop earning when their income is compared against men, de Cordova highlighted that 8.5 million women are forecast to retire before equal pay is achieved.
Labour has pointed out that progress towards closing the gender pay gap, which currently stands at 14.6% for UK workers, has slowed significantly over the past ten years under successive Conservative governments.
The Shadow Women and Equalities Secretary said: “Government has failed to tackle the gender pay gap and has ignored the impact this crisis has had on women. The Conservatives’ indifference risks the clock being turned back on women’s equality.
“We need urgent action to modernise equal pay legislation and restart pay gap reporting. The government must act now to prevent this crisis from further cementing women’s economic inequality.”