TUC welcomes publication of Equality Bill

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date: 26 June 2008

embargo: For immediate release

Welcoming the Equality Bill published today (Thursday) TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said:

'Today's Bill is a landmark piece of legislation which, if implemented fully, will help millions of people to reach their potential at work. The Bill is a testament to Harriet Harman's hard work and commitment towards delivering equality.

'Beefing up the equality duties to include all major forms of discrimination will give unions the tools they need to deliver real equality where it really matters, on the shop floor. Using procurement to promote equality - an industry now worth £150 billion a year - should also have a major impact on the private sector, where the gender pay gap is nearly nine percentage points higher.

'The TUC will now examine the proposals in more detail and will work with the Government to help ensure that the measures proposed in the Bill are implemented in full.'

NOTES TO EDITORS:

- The gender pay gap is currently 22.3 per cent in the private sector, compared to 13.6 per cent in the public sector. Source: ONS Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings 2007

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