Commenting on the latest annual pay statistics published today (Thursday) by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) – showing that the gender pay gap for median earnings has fallen by 0.5 percentage points to 17.9% in 2018 (from 18.4% in 2017) – TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:
“Working women won’t be celebrating this negligible decrease in the gender pay gap. At this rate, another generation of women will spend their whole working lives waiting to be paid the same as men.
“The government needs to crank up the pressure on employers. Companies shouldn't just be made to publish their gender pay gaps, they should be legally required to explain how they’ll close them.
"And bosses who flout the law should be fined."
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