Ian Austin

Independent for Dudley North

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Austin demands Business Secretary takes action on equal pay

Dudley MP Ian Austin has written to Business Secretary Vince Cable demanding to know why the Government continues to block action on equal pay.

In December MPs voted overwhelmingly in favour of measures for pay transparency that would see large companies 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.

Figures revealed by Austin on Equal Pay Day last year show that women in the West Midlands earn just 80p for every £1 that a man earns.

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.

Ian Austin said:

“Under the current Government, not only do local women get paid just 80p for every £1 a man earns, but things are getting worse.

“Real action is needed, which is why I’m writing to the Business Secretary to implement measures that have the backing of Parliament.

“I think there should be transparency on how much men and women are paid for doing the same job so we can push for equal pay across the West Midlands.”

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