Equal Pay Day cake sale highlights gender pay gap
Women still don't get their fair share of the cake - Michelle Stanistreet and Lena Calvert - © NUJ
Women still don't get their fair share of the cake - © NUJ
Cake sale raising money for Breast Cancer Care and Rape Crisis Centres - © NUJ
2 November 2010
The NUJ marked this year's Equal Pay Day by raising awareness about unequal pay and organising a cake sale. The union raised £211 for Breast Cancer Care and Rape Crisis Centres.
"Women still don't get their fair share of the cake."
The NUJ is supporting the Fawcett Society campaign to demand women's right to equal pay. Forty years after the Equal Pay Act, women working full-time in the UK are still paid on average 16.4% less per hour than men.
The full-time pay gap between women and men is equivalent to men being paid all the year round while women work for free after 2 November.
The NUJ and the Fawcett Society are calling on the government to take action to end the pay gap between men and women once and for all.
The NUJ has called for:
- new legislation to ensure big employers check they are paying men and women fairly;
- an extension of the right to request flexible working to all employees;
- The government to encourage shared parenting through promoting flexible parental leave.
Every year on Equal Pay Day, people across the country unite to demand equal pay.