Women work for ‘FREE’ almost TWO months a year, a new report finds

Women work for free for TWO months a year, as a result of the gender gap, new research has found.

Analysis by the Trades Union Congress (TUC) found that women work an average of 63 unpaid days a month.

In fact, the widest pay gap is in the finance and insurance market and now TUC is arguing for governments to force companies to carry out equal pay audits in order to close the gaps.

Women work for ‘FREE’ almost TWO months a year, a new report finds

Women work for ‘free’ for 2 months of the year

TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady in the UK wants there to be more change and pressure to be put on companies by the government.

“Our economy is stacked against working women. At this rate, it will take another 50 years to close the gender pay gap,” she said in a press release.

“No more excuses: the government must get on and sort the gender pay gap now.

“Just publishing gender pay gaps isn’t enough. Companies must be required to explain what steps they’ll take to close their gender pay gaps – and bosses who don’t comply with the law should be fined.”

O’Grady has also called for employers to give more flexible working arrangements as a right from day one.

“Every year unions help thousands of women get the pay they deserve,” she added.

“And workplaces that recognise unions are more likely to have family-friendly policies and fair pay. That’s why every woman should be in a union.”

Young mother working from home

Gender pay gap in Australia

Stats show that the gender pay gap for women in Australia is 14.2%.

Western Australia has the highest gender gap at 22%. The state with the lowest gender gap is South Australia at 7%.

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