New analysis of official figures by Labour shows women in Slough and the South East are being paid 75p for every pound a man earns.
The revelation comes as Equal Pay Day - the day that women across the UK effectively start working for free due to the gender pay gap - comes three days earlier this year because the pay gap is back on the rise under this Government. That means women will work for free for the next 57 days.
A Labour Government will ask big companies with over 250 staff to publish their average hourly pay gap each year to expose whether men and women are being paid differently for doing the same work, and whether too few women occupy senior positions.
Fiona Mactaggart, Labour’s MP for Slough, said:
“These shocking figures show the full extent of the gap in pay between men and women in our town. In David Cameron and Nick Clegg’s Britain, women get paid less than men and it’s getting worse. As secretary of the Older Women’s Commission I have shown that the widest pay gap is between middle aged women and their male counterparts. A Labour government will make companies publish the hourly wage pay gap of their employees we can work together to deliver equal pay for women and men across the country.”
Gloria De Piero MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities said:
“Women are working an extra three days for free this year because the pay gap is back on the rise. Women shouldn’t have to wait another 50 years for Equal Pay which is why Labour will be calling a vote in Parliament to get big companies to publish their pay gap. If this Government doesn’t act, a Labour Government will.”