Government must tackle gender pay gap – Moynihan

Senator Rebecca Moynihan
06 January 2017

Speaking on Nollaig na mBan, Deputy Lord Mayor of Dublin, Rebecca Moynihan has urged the Government to do more to tackle the gender pay gap which was most recently reported to be as high as 20%. Cllr Moynihan said:

“On Nollaig na mBan, as we celebrate the enormous contribution by women to every sphere of modern life, we can reflect on how Ireland has gradually transformed into a new kind of society with far greater parity between and men.

“However there is still much to be done to deliver a truly equal Ireland including by tackling the gender pay gap.

“We are calling on the government to ensure that all large companies and public sector employers are required to publish the difference in pay between their male and female employees each year.

“Figures published by Morgan McKinley late last year show that on average women earn 20% or €12,500 less than men doing the same job.

“Despite achieving higher levels of educational attainment than men, women are still paid less for the job.

“It is wholly unacceptable for such a significant gender pay gap to exist in 2017.

“Making large companies publish the difference in pay would mean that over time this will highlight which companies are taking corrective action.”

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