Melanie Onn MP made a passionate contribution to the Gender Pay Gap Opposition Day debate on July 1st. Here are some of the points she made:
“I am incredibly proud that the last Labour Government made equal pay a priority and closed the pay gap by one third during its time in office. But over the last five years we have seen almost no progress on this issue. Today in Grimsby, women earn just 77p for every pound brought in by men.”
Melanie called on the Government to take action to close the gender pay gap, saying: “There has been a surge of low wage, insecure work in this country over the last few years. This has particularly been the case in Grimsby.I know from speaking to my constituents that it tends to be women who are having to work two or three different jobs, often on casual or zero-hours contracts. And women are far more likely to be in jobs which pay less than the living wage. So to tackle unequal pay, it is imperative to tackle the low-skill, low-wage economy that is particularly detrimental to women.”
The debate was called by the Labour opposition, to put to a vote the Party’s policy of an ‘Annual Pay Check’. This would task the independent Equalities and Human Rights Commission to produce an ‘Annual Equal Pay Check’, reporting on Britain’s gender pay gap, and make recommendations for action by Government and employers. The proposal was voted down by the Conservatives.
You can read the full version of the gender pay gap speech here: