British women’s equality sacrificed to corporate profits

This video says about itself:

March the 8th is International Women’s Day. But how much have women in Europe got to celebrate?

Women earn an average of 15% less than men- a figure which rises to 25% in the private sector.

From British daily The Guardian:

Equal pay is a step too far in recession, says rights body

* Amelia Gentleman

*Monday 16 March 2009

The body responsible for safeguarding equality in the UK will tell the government today that the economic climate is too fragile to impose equal pay reviews on business.

With women’s pay on average 17% less than men’s and the gap increasing, the Equalities and Human Rights Commission, formed 18 months ago, will say that the reviews should be excluded from the forthcoming equalities bill when it publishes its recommendations. …

Pay audits are unpopular with businesses both because they are expensive and because revelations of pay disparities often unleash legal action by women who had not realised they were underpaid.

The focus on what is realistic in the light of the recession dismayed campaigners for women’s rights. “We must not get caught in this trap of saying in difficult times we will trade in women’s rights,” said Katherine Rake, director of the Fawcett Society.

Sarah Veale, head of the equality department at the TUC, said pay audits were “a crucial part” of eliminating the pay gap. “Until companies are forced to shine a light on where the anomalies are, you can’t address the problem,” she said.

Bronwyn McKenna, a director of Unison, said she was “very sceptical about any measure that doesn’t actually compel any employers to do an audit”. “The voluntary approach simply hasn’t worked,” she said.

Despite the government’s commitment to eliminating it, the pay gap rose slightly last year and women working part-time are now paid on average 36.5% less than men. …

The draft bill published last June promised that equal pay audits would be considered, but that element of the legislation is understood to have been dropped after consultation with the Confederation of British Industry. The Government Equalities Office would not comment.

See also here.

And in the USA:

The workplace pay gap between men and women, once thought to be narrowing, has only been getting worse, according to an analysis of recently released census data conducted by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research.

White House Council on Women and Girls – An Empty (Pant)Suit? Here.

Women’s inequality in France: here.

Economic crisis: Women will suffer most: here.

Britain: UNIONS and campaigners will urge new Labour on Wednesday not to abandon its targets to cut child poverty in the face of the global economic crisis: here.

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