Magazine article Public Finance

Gender Equality Drive at Risk without Audits, Claims Union

Magazine article Public Finance

Gender Equality Drive at Risk without Audits, Claims Union

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The government's proposed gender equality duty will make 'no real difference' in reducing the gender pay gap unless it is amended to force all public bodies to perform equal pay audits, the university and college lecturers' union Natfhe has warned.

The Department of Trade and Industry recently closed its consultation over a new gender equality duty which, similar to the 2000 and 2004 race and disability equality duties, will oblige public bodies to proactively promote equality between men and women.

The duty applies to both a body's services to the public as well as its internal employment practices. While Natfhe welcomes the move to make gender equality the onus of public bodies rather than individual litigants, the union argues that without compulsory equal pay audits, public bodies will make little inroads into the 10% pay gap between their male and female employees. …

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