Equal pay means that men and women in the same employment performing the same work must receive equal pay, as set out in the Equality Act 2010. It’s the law, and if you’re an employer you must observe it.
Company bosses cannot claim that length of employment or full time, part time, fixed term or zero hours contracts are factors – everyone has a right to equal pay if they are doing the same work as their colleagues.
Unfortunately equal pay for equal work is more of a pipe dream than a reality. Data published by the Office for National Statistics reveals the extent of the problem, with the UK’s gender pay gap standing at 8.3 percent – a rise from the 7.7 percent recorded last year.
We believe that the balance of equal pay to equal work underpins any society with justice and fairness at its heart. It is not enough to say that ‘progress has been made’ when women are discriminated against simply because of their gender.
Neither is it enough to accept senior executives’ version of the truth. Some companies claim they have run equal pay audits or that they have ticked all the legal boxes. And yet the news is still awash with cases of unscrupulous firms riding roughshod over their employees’ rights.
If you think your employer is paying you less than your colleagues for the same duties and responsibilities, then The Workers Union may be able to help you. We work with legal experts with many years’ experience of pay discrimination cases. We are committed to helping you get the help and protection that you need.