Gender Pay Justice for Women Workers

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2023 National Women's Conference
14 October 2022

Conference is concerned that UN Women’s data report in 2020 estimated women’s equality to be at risk of being set back 25 years due to the pandemic, and therefore reaffirms its commitment to improving women’s working conditions in order that we combat this rollback on progress.

Conference notes that Close the Gap has reported that women are more than twice as likely as men to experience increased financial insecurity resulting from the pandemic, including being worried about how to pay rent.

Already before 2020, women’s participation in work was disgracefully undervalued, underpaid and precarious, and this trend is rising.

Conference further notes the urgency of achieving pay justice, in particular for sectors of employment where women make up the majority in order to tackle the gender pay gap.

Conference is appalled at the ease with which policymakers have turned their backs on women workers, who made up the majority of frontline workers during the pandemic, who shouldered the burden of intensified care and domestic work during lockdown, and who are now facing the hardest impacts of the cost-of-living crisis.

Conference therefore calls on the National Women’s Committee to:

• raise the issue of gender pay justice with UNISON’s Service Group Executives and asking that calls for meaningful action to tackle gender pay gaps are included in future pay claims

• lobby UK Governments and call on them to bring forward meaningful legislation to close the gaps with penalties for those employers who fail to reduce the gap

• reinvigorate and re-launch UNISON’s bridge the gap campaign