European Commission launches campaign against gender pay gap

The European Commission (EC) has launched a campaign aimed at tackling the gender pay gap across the European Union (EU).

Figures show that, on average, women receive more than 17 per cent less in their pay packets than men.

The campaign has been launched to coincide with International Women’s Day on March 8th.

Vladimir Spidla, the European Union Employment Commissioner, commented: ‘We cannot continue wasting the potential of women in the economy and squander what we have achieved in equality.’

According to the EC, the pay gap leads to many women living in poverty in later life as a result of having lower pensions.

The report did, however, find that the proportion of women in EU national parliaments has risen from 16 per cent in 1997 to just under a quarter (24 per cent) in 2008.

Data from the Office for National Statistics shows that the gender pay gap widened in the UK between 2007 and 2008.


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