EOC urges firms to review pay to stamp out inequality

first_img Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. The Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) has called for at least half of alllarge firms to complete a pay review by the end of the year to ensure they arepaying men and women fairly. The Commission has drawn up a seven-point document, outlining its goals andtargets for improving equality during the next 12 months. And again, it has urged employers to audit pay systems as part of the driverid the workplace of inequality. Julie Mellor, chair of the EOC, said 2003 could be a seminal year forprogress on workplace equality and that the UK is currently facing a turningpoint. “We are at a crossroads – the Government is in the middle of aconsultation on new laws to ensure fair treatment in employment regardless ofage, sexual orientation or belief,” she said. “If Britain achieves the concrete goals for equality for women and menthat we have outlined, 2003 could be a momentous year for equality.” Women working full-time still earn 19 per cent less per hour than men, withthis figure rising to 40 per cent for women working part-time. However the Government has now committed all its central departments toequal pay reviews by the end of March, to help set an example to otheremployers. The EOC has also called on employers to promote the new rights for fatherswhich, from April, allows them two weeks paid paternity leave to spend withtheir child. In addition, Mellor criticised the pensions system and said it should bereformed to provide a decent income for all and take into account thefragmented career path of women. The EOC also wants political parties to boost the number of womenrepresentatives as Britain currently lies in 47th place in the world for womenMPs, with fewer than 18 per cent. www.eoc.org.ukBy Ross WighamEOC goals for 2003– Equality at home: more new dads totake time off– Equality at work: half of large employers to complete a equalpay review– Equality in old age: more provisions for retired women– Equality politics: increased female representation – Equality in education: more work experience opportunities– Equality in public services: bodies given a duty to promoteequality– Equality under the law: Government commitment to newlegislation EOC urges firms to review pay to stamp out inequalityOn 14 Jan 2003 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more