Unison backs government pledge to tackle inequality

Unison has welcomed the government's commitment to tackle inequality and discrimination in the Equality Bill to be published today.

But the union wants action to toughen up equal pay legislation.

Bronwyn McKenna, Unison director of organising and membership, said: ‘Unison welcomes the government's commitment to promote equality, fairness and tackle discrimination in our society, especially in these difficult times.

‘In particular we hope the Bill will help to finally end the injustice of unequal pay for women. It is a damning indictment of current laws, and a clear signal that tough new legislation is needed, that almost 40 years after the Equal Pay Act women still get paid 17% less than men.

‘It will be a missed opportunity for women if the government does not take this chance to overhaul current laws and introduce tough new powers of enforcement.'


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