Letter on gender pay

Delivered by Margot Parker, on 2 May 2017

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To The Editor,

Dear Sir,

I read your Opinion piece by Neil Burkett, (Consign gender pay gap to history), with interest.

AS UKIP's Women's and Equalities I agree whole-heartedly with your statement that there is no inherent reason why men should have better paid positions in any organisation.

Recently, there was a report which revealed, on average, women in paid work receive about 18 per cent less per hour than men.

And the pay gap between men and women widens consistently for 12 years after the first child is born, by which point women receive 33 per cent less pay per hour than men.

We must look at getting this pay gap narrowed further, particularly when it comes to women returning to work after childbirth.

It is grossly unfair on women that the gap widens after the arrival of children, whether that is due to them missing promotions, or gathering less work experiences.

Women who return to work after they have had their children - no matter how long they are out of the workforce for - have so much to offer society.

"We have a duty to make sure they are treated fairly.

Yours faithfully,

Margot Parker, UKIP MEP for Northamptonshire and the party's Women's and Equalities spokesperson.








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