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TUC: Firms must act now on pay gap

13 Jun 2008

TUC: Firms must act now on pay gap The gender pay gap will close over time but it is unacceptable that firms are not doing more for female staff now, one expert has said.

Female students worried about issues such as sex discrimination could be pleased to hear the Trades Union Congress (TUC) believes the gender pay gap will disperse and could be equally as encouraged to see firms being urged to act now.

Sarah Veal, head of equality and employment rights at the TUC, said it is now a question of whether we should be prepared to wait for society to shift and for culture to reflect this "economic reality".

"We want things changed so that reality isn't like that anymore and the perception of women's worth is based on something other than the hours they spend in the office," she added.

A National Statistics report from this April revealed that women could lose out on earnings of £330,000 over a lifetime when compared to men.

The TUC claims to be the voice of Britain at work and is comprised of 66 affiliated unions representing nearly seven million working people from all walks of life.

It campaigns for a fair deal at work and for social justice at home and abroad.

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