New analysis of official figures by Labour shows women in Pendle and East Lancashire are being paid £2 less for every pound a man earns.
The revelation comes as Equal Pay Day – the day that women across the UK effectively start working for free, due to the gender pay gap. It comes three days earlier this year because the pay gap is back on the rise. That means women will work for free for the next 57 days!
A Labour Government will ask big companies with over 250 staff in Lancashire to publish their average hourly pay gap each year to expose whether men and women are being paid differently for doing the same work, and whether too few women occupy senior positions.
County Coun. Azhar Ali, Labour’s parliamentary candidate in Pendle, said: “These shocking figures show the full extent of the gap in pay between men and women in Pendle. In David Cameron’s Britain, not only do women get paid less than men, but things are getting worse.
“Only Labour will take action to expose employers who pay men more than women and stand up for people here and across the country.”