date: 22 August 2016
embargo: 00.01hrs Tuesday 23 August 2016
Commenting on research published today (Tuesday) by the Institute for Fiscal Studies and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, which shows how the gender pay gap grows year-on-year after childbirth, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:
“It is scandalous that millions of women still suffer a motherhood pay penalty,
“Many are forced to leave better-paid jobs due to the pressure of caring responsibilities and the lack of flexible working.
“Without more well-paid, part-time jobs and affordable childcare, the gender pay gap will take decades to close.
“We need to see a step change in government policy and employer attitudes if we are to fix this problem.”
To address the motherhood pay penalty, the TUC wants:
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