Equal Pay

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2015 National Women's Conference
14 October 2014

This conference notes:

1) That it is 40 years since the Equal Pay Act came into force.

2) The efforts of UNISON to champion equal pay for its women members winning a series of landmark cases and forcing employers to introduce equality proofed pay systems.

However this conference further notes

a) That the gender pay gap has closed by approximately 10% in 40 years however that the narrowing has virtually come to a standstill in the last 15 years.

b) That the gender pay gap is at its highest for those women between the ages of 40-49 and those in managerial positions.

This conference asks the National Women’s Committee to work with the National Executive Council and the relevant service groups to:

i) Continue to campaign for equal pay in all workplaces

ii) Provide information and training to branches to enable equal pay audits to be carried particularly in areas where equality proofed pay structures have not been implemented.

iii) To monitor existing pay structures like single status and Agenda for change so that they continue to be equality proofed.