Fiona Mactaggart, MP for Slough sent a letter to leaders of businesses in Slough which employ more than 250 people, asking them to publish the amount that they pay to employees,identifying any differences in pay between the men and women and the reasons for those differences.
Parliament has voted for legislation that would make large companies do this. In December Parliament passed by 258 votes to 8 a bill that would have implemented pay transparency rules within the Equality Act (2010) put in place by the last Government. Unfortunately the Government has chosen not to act on this.
Fiona said, “Women in Britain earn an average 81p for every pound a man earns and this is wrong. The gap is even wider for women in their 40s, 50s and 60s. I don’t want to embarrass companies, but to help employees and employers to work together to end unfair pay differences between women and men. I hope that Slough companies can take the lead on this by setting an example.”