In the week of Equal Pay Day new figures reveal women in North West Leicestershire earn over 20% less per hour than men.
In the East Midlands women are earning 20.8% less than men an hour new analysis reveals.
Equal Pay Day – the day women effectively start working for free because they are still paid less than men – fall on 4 November this year, 3 days earlier than in 2013 because of the rising pay gap.
Labour have pledged to take action to deliver equal pay by requiring companies with more than 250 workers will to publish their hourly pay gap in their annual report. For the first time employees will be able to see if discrimination exists and whether all the top jobs are still dominated by men.
Jamie McMahon, Labour parliamentary candidate for North West Leicestershire said:
“Equal pay is long overdue. Under David Cameron and Nick Clegg the pay gap is back on the rise after years of progress, as families are struggling with rising prices. A Labour Government will take action by asking employers to publish their pay gap be.
Women in North West Leicestershire will effectively be working for free from this week until the New Year due to the pay gap
Women today still earn just 80p for every male-earned pound. In Government Labour closed the pay gap by almost 1/3rd and closed the gap almost entirely for women under 40, however under the Tories and Lib Dems in Government the pay gap is widening.”