Just Wages for Women

Just Wages for Women

Just Wages for Women

Just Wages for Women

Synopsis

Aileen McColgan's book makes an important contribution to the study of Labour Law in a number of ways. Firstly, she offers a convincing and authoritative account of the failures of the current approach adopted in the UK (even with the EC reinforcements) for the securing of more equitable arrangements on pay. Secondly, the book provides a valuable insight into the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches adopted in other parts of the world. The author spent a great deal of time in Canada studying the novel approaches there, and her analysis of the approaches adopted in Ontario, and also Australia form a good part of the book. Thirdly, the author addresses the wider issues of different forms of wage regulation and enriches our understanding by indicating that the gender pay gap may be determined to some extent by the way in which pay is regulated. This leads to the conclusion that more emphasis on wage payment structures would be a more helpful way of dealing with the problem of equal pay than the current preoccupation with an individual complaints driven model.

Excerpt

This is the fifth title in the series of Oxford Monographs on Labour Law, established to promote the publication of books which will make a distinctive contribution to the study of labour law. For this purpose we have deliberately adopted a wide and open-ended view of the subject, with existing titles exploring the relationship between labour law and labour history, social security law, pensions law, and legal philosophy. It is expected that future titles will continue in this vein, thereby fulfilling our ambition that books in the series will not necessarily adopt a formal or legalistic approach but will draw upon contributions made by other disciplines, whether it be industrial relations, political science, or economics. We continue to expect that books in the series will not concentrate exclusively on legal developments in Britain, conscious as we are of the great importance of European labour law, as well as the growing interest in the labour laws of EU member states, as well as in comparative labour law generally.

Against this background we take great pleasure in the publication of Aileen McColgan's study of equal pay for women: we were extremely pleased that she, as a well known author in the field, agreed to permit her book to be included in the series. The work is an outstanding example of the type of writing which we hoped the series would stimulate and encourage, taking an established problem of British labour law but subjecting it to rigorous scrutiny in a fresh, highly original, and extremely impressive new light. In the course of doing so the author assesses the experience of British and European labour law in the context of developments in Canada and Australia, and draws imaginatively on the research of economists and industrial relations specialists. The breadth and depth of the research, together with penetrating criticisms and balanced judgments convince us that this is by some way one of the most important contributions to the literature about the role of the law in regulating the remuneration of women.

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KDE

MRF 27 May 1997 . . .

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