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Equal pay a hot topic as even male workers sue for sex discrimination

The effects of equal pay legislation have recently hit the Higher Education sector, with 23 male workers (caretakers, tradesmen) at the University of Wales, Trinity St. David (Swansea) suing for sex discrimination, claiming they were paid less than women on the same pay grade (secretaries, office workers). The University has conceded the claims, with the…

Equal Pay Day asking why women still get paid £5K less than men

Women working full-time still earn almost £5,000 a year less than men, though the pay gap in some jobs is three times bigger, according to a TUC analysis of official figures published to mark Equal Pay Day today (Thursday). Equal Pay Day marks the point at which women working full-time effectively stop earning as they…

Just 1 in a 100 young women have skilled jobs

The proportion of young women doing low-paid, low-skill jobs has trebled over the last 20 years, according to new TUC-commissioned research published today (Friday). The study, carried out for the TUC by The Work Foundation, shows that between 1993 and 2011 the share of female 16-24 year-olds in employment doing low-paid work, such as office…

Equal pay court victory could leave employers exposed

The Birmingham council workers’ recent victory means workers now have six-years to make an equal pay claim in the high court. In other words, they are not limited to making such a claim within a six-month window to an employment tribunal, which Birmingham Council were arguing should be the case under its interpretation of existing…

Think tank urges businesses to promote pay transparency to boost equality

Firms should disclose the ratio between the highest and lowest-paid employees to promote greater workplace equality, urged the New Economics Foundation in a new report. Publicly-listed companies should have to justify high-pay inequalities, such as in banking, because there were few circumstances in which radios above 20:1 could be defended on economic and social grounds.…

Majority of workers believe pay gap is too big

Employers hoping to boost equality in the workplace could start by examining pay policies within their organisation. A new survey by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) has shown that two-thirds of UK workers are unhappy about the pay gap within their company. Some 78 per cent of those questioned said they would support…

RMT members reject London Underground’s pay increase proposal

London Underground’s proposed 4% pay rise for staff has been rejected by members of the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT). The proposal, which included pay increases for the next four years of inflation plus 0.25%, would have covered the period from April 2011 to April 2016. In a letter to the…

The number of women claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance has reached a near 15-year high as experts expect levels to continue rising amid public sector cuts. Official data confirmed that while the overall level of unemployment dropped by 17,000 to 2.48 million, the numbers claiming job-related benefits rose. The so-called claimant count increased by 700 last month…

Government accepts minimum wage rise

The Government has accepted the independent Low Pay Commission’s (LPC) recommendations for this year’s National Minimum Wage (NMW) rates. The following rates will come into effect on 1 October 2011: The adult rate will increase by 15p to £6.08 an hour; The rate for 18-20 year olds will increase by 6p to £4.98 an hour;…

Millions of health workers to have pay frozen

The Government has come under attack after confirmation that the pay of more than a million health workers is going to be frozen for two years. Unison said the announcement was a “bitter blow” for nurses, paramedics, therapists and other NHS staff who were already facing increased pension contributions. Low-paid workers such as cleaners, porters,…

Female bankers in favour of equal pay audits

Women working in financial sector are in favour of greater transparency on pay, according to preliminary findings of Financial News’ fourth annual Women in Finance survey. Of the 900 respondents to the survey, 90% said governments should compel companies to conduct equal pay audits. Discrepancies between men’s and women’s pay are widespread. Full-time female employees…

Birmingham equal pay row still not resolved

Birmingham refuse collectors have voted to reject the council’s latest offer in the long-running dispute over pay and contracts. The bin workers have staged strikes and also been working to rule for several weeks over a pay dispute which unions said would see them lose £4,000 each per year. The latest strike was called off…