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Margot Parker MEP - much work to be done to close the the gender pay gap

Delivered by Margot Parker, on 8 April 2019

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MARGOT Parker MEP has said there is much work to be done to close the the gender pay gap.

The East Midlands MEP, who sits on the FEMM committee, (Gender Equality and Women's Rights), in the EU Parliament, said: "It is quite frankly unacceptable that fewer than half of the country's biggest employers have succeeded in narrowing the gender pay gap.

"The latest figures showed 78 per cent of the companies had a pay gap in favour of men.

"Research shows antiquated views of women returning from maternity leave are still prevalent, with cases of women being made redundant or, experiencing some form of discrimination in the work place, resulting in many having to leave employment.

"Factors such as discrimination in the work place and the cost of childcare, can be detrimental to narrowing the gender pay gap, and the long term and overall well-being of women.

"There is much more work to be done, both at home and abroad, to change this unacceptable discrepancy in pay."


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