Ashfield MP Gloria De Piero has slammed the Government after shock new figures have revealed that the gender pay gap is back on the rise – meaning women in Ashfield will now effectively work for free until 31st December.
Analysis of official figures by Ms De Piero shows women in Ashfield are being paid 82p for every pound a man earns, with women on average earning £8.39 compared to men who earn £10.29 an hour, excluding overtime – a pay gap of 18.5 per cent.
Ms De Piero who is also the Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities and Ashfield MP revealed the statistics ahead of Equal Pay Day on 4th November.
To tackle the growing gender pay gap, Labour has unveiled plans to ask big companies with over 250 staff in the region to publish their average hourly pay gap each year to expose whether men and women are being paid differently for doing the same work, and whether too few women occupy senior positions.
Said Ms De Piero: “These shocking figures show the full extent of the gap in pay between men and women in Ashfield.
“Under the Tories and the Lib Dems, not only do women get paid less than men, but things are getting worse.
“Only Labour will require companies to publish the hourly wage pay gap of their employees so that together we can take the steps to deliver equal pay for women and men across the country.”
Ms De Piero said women should not have to wait another 50 years for equal pay, which was why Labour would be calling a vote in Parliament to get big companies to publish details of their pay gap.