Personnel Today report that the League tables showing how well companies are tackling their gender pay gap will be published by the Government in 2018 under plans unveiled today.

Minister for women and equalities Nicky Morgan said: “In recent years we’ve seen the best employers make ground breaking strides in tackling gender inequality. But the job won’t be complete until we see the talents of women and men recognised equally and fairly in every workplace.

Are men and women equal?

Gender equality in the workplace can be expressed in many ways and at many levels. In the first place gender equality, or the lack of it, is revealed in the attitude of the organisation towards the people in the workplace community. When there is gender equality in the workplace, the differences between and amongst women and men are valued and encouraged. Women and men are not quantitative representatives of particular quotas in various jobs and positions, but gender equality can be clearly seen as the resolute wish of the organisation’s leaders as a policy and as a goal.
This is in line with The Equal Pay Act 1970 and is an Act of the United Kingdom Parliament which prohibits any less favourable treatment between men and women in terms of pay and conditions of employment.

Every organisation should incorporate equality into their core objectives, making every effort to eliminate discrimination, create equal opportunities and develop good working relationships between different people.

All individuals in their day to day work should be considered in shaping their policies and in providing their services. This is in line with the public sector Equality Duty introduced by the Equality Act 2010

Equality and Diversity

• Treat all members of the workplace with dignity and respect their rights and beliefs
• Challenge or report incidents of discrimination, harassment and bullying
• Respond positively and inclusively to individual differences
• Apply equality and diversity principles through everyday work activities
• Keep knowledge of the workplace equality and diversity policy up to date
Case Study
In the public sector, the issue of the gender pay gap has led to major battles between councils and their workers up and down the country. Women who worked as cleaners and school catering staff have taken hundreds of class actions to close pay differentials with men who had jobs such as refuse collector or street cleaner.
One council, Birmingham, has agreed to pay over £1bn to settle the claims of tens of thousands of women which go back over many years.
Ms Lauren Lougheed, an Employment Law solicitor for the organisation Leigh Day based in Manchester said that “the private sector had been slower to act and that this test case could prove a watershed”.

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