NUJ campaigns to close the pay gap in the media
The NUJ is campaigning to close the gender pay gap in the media. We're tackling pay inequality by supporting individuals who are being treated unfairly and by supporting NUJ chapels to enable them to raise the issue collectively.
We also encourage our members to take part in broader campaigning activities as part of the Fawcett Society’s No Pay Day, which marks the point in the year at which the average UK woman stops getting paid because of the 17 per cent pay gap between men and women.
Tim Gopsill interviews NUJ member Fleur Cushman, for whom the union won £26,000 in back pay and an extra £8,000 per year. Fleur’s 2007 case against the then Trinity Mirror-owned Racing Post just goes to show that women can take action to close the gap.Click here to read other examples of our equal pay successes
Michelle Stanistreet takes a look at past attitudes to women journalists and how a ground-breaking NUJ agreement won equal pay for Fleet Street journalists in 1918. She asks why, 90 years on, our members are still fighting for pay parity. More
Are you a woman turning 30? If so then there’s a good chance the pay gap between you and your males colleagues is about to get wider. Could you be missing out on £300,000? Find out more with our top ten equal pay facts. More
Confident that there isn’t a pay gap where you work? It’s a common response but the disparity between men and women’s pay isn’t always obvious. Find out more about identifying whether there’s a problem and we can take it on in our equal pay Q&A section. More
We also have an equal pay toolkit to help NUJ reps tackle the gap in their workplace. More
Unequal pay doesn’t just hurt women. There are strong links between the gender pay gap and child poverty and skills shortages. The cost to the UK economy of under-using of women’s skills is estimated to be in excess of £11bn a year. It’s also about fairness. How would you feel if you were facing similar discrimination?