IMPACT has welcomed the publication of a Bill that aims to introduce gender pay gap reporting in Ireland. The union has called for cross-party support for the legislation, which was launched by the Labour Party today (Thursday).
If enacted, the Gender Pay Gap Information Bill 2017 would require medium and large companies to publish wage transparency surveys, which would highlight any difference in pay between their male and female staff.
A similar law will come into force in Britain next month.
It follows IMPACT’s call for such legislation last month. After the union wrote to Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald seeking new pay gap reporting laws, Labour leader Brendan Howlin raised the matter in the Dáil. He sought clarification on whether the Government parties would support this type of legislation.
IMPACT welcomed the inclusion of a provision in the Bill requiring employers to disaggregate data on the age and part-time or full-time status of employees. The union had suggested that this specific measure be comprehended in legislation.
IMPACT official Geraldine O’Brien said this was important because the gender pay gap is significantly larger for older women and women on part-time contracts.
On average, women in ireland earn almost 15% less than their male counterparts. IMPACT says forcing firms to publish data on their own record will encourage action to close the gap.
IMPACT is awaiting a response from the Tánaiste to its letter.
The union’s call for gender pay gap reporting represents just one in a growing number of campaigns on issues that matter to women at work. See here for details on others.