Shadow London Minister Sadiq Khan MP said:
“It has been over 44 years since the Equal Pay Act was passed and it is completely unacceptable that today’s women earn just 81p for every £1 earned by their male counterparts. The increase in the gender pay gap over the past year alone has meant that women across London will work an extra three days for free this year. There is no reason whatsoever why women should have to wait for equal pay for equal work.
“This Tory-led Government is taking us backwards not forwards. I welcome Labour’s 10 minute rule Bill to implement section 78 of the Equality Act (2010), requiring large employers to be transparent about their gender pay gap, which was introduced to the House by my colleague Sarah Champion MP.
“Alongside my Labour colleagues, I was proud to vote for pay transparency and for big companies to publish their average hourly pay gap each year to expose whether men and women are being paid differently for doing the same work. Women shouldn’t have to wait another forty years for equal pay for equal work. Companies should be required 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 our city and country.”