The Liberal Democrats in Westminster are leading the way for Equal Pay by ensuring large employers lead by example.
Speaking in a Welsh Government debate on Equal Pay, the Welsh Liberal Democrat Equalities Spokesperson, Peter Black will highlight the progress that the party has made whilst in Government in Westminster.
“Liberal Democrats have now successfully amended the Small Business Bill, fast-tracking our Liberal Democrat manifesto plans for gender pay transparency within the next 12 months,” said Mr. Black. “The work of Jenny Willott, Member of Parliament for Cardiff Central, as UK Government Equalities Minister, means that firms with more than 250 employees will be required to publish the average pay for male and female workers, or face a fine of up to £5,000.
“Nearly a century on since women had the right to vote, and more than 40 years on from the Equal Pay Act, it seems extraordinary that our labour market is still stacked against women.
“A woman is still paid on average 20% less than a man, and less likely to be in a leadership role. The average woman in the UK gets paid £10.33 per hour, compared to almost £12.86 per hour for a man.
“Liberal Democrats in coalition in Westminster have already made great strides in promoting and providing a flexible, more accessible workplace. For example, we have extended the right to request flexible working to all employees, and are introducing shared parental leave from April 2015.
“Requiring large companies to publish their female and male average pay, or face a fine, will increase the pressure on large companies to pay all their employees a fair wage. Essential in our society in the 21st century.
“We have fought against and overcome the Conservative’s consistent efforts to block proposals for mandatory pay transparency and women workers will reap the benefits. This is another example of how working in coalition in Westminster has had positive impacts for the women of Wales.”