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UNION WELCOMES EQUAL PAY QUESTIONNAIRES AS A STEP FORWARD

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The Transport and General Workers' Union, which has led the way in ...
The Transport and General Workers' Union, which has led the way in

highlighting the gender pay gap and recommended measures for closing it, has

welcomed the plans for equal pay questionnaires which have been included in

the new Employment Bill. T&G deputy general secretary Margaret Prosser said

the proposals are 'a welcome step forward but there is still a long way to

go.' The use of equal pay questionnaires is intended to simplify and

accelerate the equal pay tribunal process.

She continued:

'At our conference in July we highlighted the massive 18% pay gap between

men and women and said in truth the best way to deal with it was by

statutory means. The government has chosen a voluntary route and, in that

context, of course, the T&G welcomes the plans for questionnaires to assist

the tribunal process.

'We remain committed to continuing our leading role in establishing equal

pay audits with the 22,000 plus companies and organisations we negotiate

with on behalf of our members. With an 18% pay difference between men and

women it is important we take every opportunity to close the gap.'

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