Manchester businesses must be held to account over gender pay gap

Responding to a new YouGov survey for Young Women's Trust that 30% of employers have not tried to reduce their gender pay gap, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Manchester April Preston said:

“It is beyond frustrating that so many organisations here in Manchester and across the country have not even tried to improve their gender pay gap. 

“Gender pay gap reporting has shone a great light on the debate of pay and equality in the workplace, but publishing numbers is not enough.

“Employers here in Manchester must report what they will do to reduce the gap in their organisations so that employees and consumers can hold them to account if they fail to improve. 

“The Government must provide better guidance and support to employers on how they can close their gender pay gap and ensure cities like Manchester are not left behind."

During the Coalition Government, the Liberal Democrats successfully introduced gender pay gap reporting for organisations with more than 250 employees
The Liberal Democrats have also been campaigning for companies to publish their parental leave and pay policies on their websites and as part of their gender pay gap reporting. Greater transparency on these policies will help reduce the level of discrimination against pregnant women and new mothers in the workplace.

Currently, 54,000 women lose their jobs every year in the UK because of this type of discrimination.

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