Union Calls for End to Job Segregation

The Birmingham Post (England), March 31, 2005 | Go to article overview

Union Calls for End to Job Segregation


Byline: By John Marsden

A leading union has called for urgent action in the Midlands to tackle the ``chronic'' job segregation and undervaluing of women's work.

The demand followed new research for the GMB which showed that fulltime women in Birmingham worked about 93 per cent of the hours worked by men, for 76.8 per cent of the pay.

When the difference in hours was taken into account, the city gender pay gap was 16.2 per cent.

The margins were evenmore stark in other areas across the region, rising to as high 25.1 per cent in Coventry and 23.1 per cent in Solihull.

The findings came as part of a national survey revealing examples of workplaces with high levels of job segregation and under-valuing of women's work, including a food factory where most shopfloor workers were women and most managers were men; and a supermarket where most checkout staff were women and the majority of managers and drivers were men.

Debbie Coulter, GMB deputy general secretary, said: ``We would urge WestMidlands employers to work with unions to identify the reasons for the gender segregation within their workplace, to agree strategies for eradicating gender pay imbalances and for providing equality of opportunity for half of Britain's workforce. …

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