Women in Edmonton still earn just 86 pence for every pound a man earns, according to official figures from the ONS.
On Wednesday the 1st of July Labour called on the Government to task the independent Equalities and Human Rights Commission with producing an ‘Annual Equal Pay Check’ which would report on Britain’s gender pay gap. The Equal Pay Check would also make recommendations for action by Government and employers, so that progress can be made.
Employers of over 250 workers will be required to publish their gender pay gap from 2016 onwards gap – a measure Labour has long campaigned for – as part of an effort to focus minds on the gender pay gap.
Kate Osamor MP said:
“It’s totally unacceptable that 45 years after the Equal Pay Act women in Edmonton still earn 14% less than men. I believe that we should be doing more to close this gap. That’s why Labour called on the Government to establish an ‘Annual Pay Check’ which would report on the pay gap and make recommendations for further action. It is time that we end the gender pay gap for good.”