West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper is continuing to campaign for equal pay and today wrote to Business Secretary Vince Cable demanding to know why the Government continue to block action on the issue.
On the 16 December MPs voted overwhelmingly in favour of measures for pay transparency that would see big companies (with over 250 staff) publish their gender pay gap. However the Government has so-far refused to implement it.
The measure is supported by leading employers including PwC who are one of just five companies known to voluntarily publish the information.
Tories and Lib Dems will next have an opportunity to support pay transparency on 27 February when the Government have another chance to support the proposal.
MP Rosie said:
“Women and their families across West Lancashire will be wondering why this Government won’t take action on equal pay for millions of women across Britain.
“This is a sad reflection of how women are still under-valued in the workplace. Everyone should be paid equally for work of equal value.
“Today I’ve written to the Business Secretary calling on him to support Equal Pay and get on with implementing pay transparency.
“Women across Britain are still earning on average 81p for every pound a man earns, leaving themselves and their families poorer. Pay transparency will encourage action on the pay gap.
“Women in West Lancashire shouldn’t have to wait another generation for equal pay.
“If this Government refuses to implement it a Labour Government will.”
Back in December, Rosie met with Gwen Davis, Sheila Douglass, Vera Sime and Eileen Pullen -; four of the original Dagenham women who went on strike for equal pay leading to the Equal Pay Act of 1970, as well as the stars of the hit musical ‘Made in Dagenham’ including Gemma Arterton and Isla Blair.