Delyn MP David Hanson has today written to the Business Secretary Vince Cable demanding to know why the Government is continuing to block action on equal pay.
On the 16th December MPs voted overwhelmingly in favour of measures for pay transparency that would see big companies, those with over 250 staff, publish the details of any gender pay gap in their company. However, despite the overwhelming backing of MPs the Government has so-far refused to implement it.
The measure is supported by leading employers including PwC who are one of only 5 companies in the UK known to voluntarily publish the information. The Conservatives and Liberal Democrats will next have an opportunity to support pay transparency on February 27th when the Government have another chance to support the proposal.
David Hanson MP said:
“Across Flintshire women and their families will be wondering why this Government won’t take action on equal pay and stop the absurd situation of women being paid less than men for the same job. So today I’ve written to the Business Secretary calling on him to support Equal Pay and get on with implementing pay transparency to make sure women in north Wales and beyond are treated fairly.
Women across Britain are still earning on average 81p for every pound a man earns, leaving themselves and their families poorer. Pay transparency will encourage action on the pay gap so if this Government refuses to implement it a Labour Government will.”