Bell Ribeiro-Addy MP

for Streatham (and parts of Balham, Clapham Common, Tulse Hill and Brixton Hill)

UNISON Parliamentary Event – Tackling Unequal Pay

Feb 21, 2023 | Campaigns, Parliamentary Work

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It was great to chair a parliamentary event in support of Black Members in Unison’s campaign for mandatory ethnicity pay gap reporting alongside my colleagues David Lammy MP, Anneliese Dodds MP, Florence Eshalomi MP, Anum Qaisar MP, and Gloria Mills. Your salary shouldn’t be limited by your gender, the colour of your skin or your disability. The Government should bring in mandatory pay gap reporting for ethnicity and other protected characteristics. The 23rd of February is the day that women start earning money relative to men. With the gender pay gap now standing at 14.9%, women effectively worked from January 1st until the 23rd February for free. On current progress, it will be over 20 years before the UK closes our gender pay gap. The Government must do more to ensure equal pay for equal work. That means fixing our broken childcare system, introducing a legal right to flexible working, forcing companies to publish action plans to address pay gaps or face fines, and bring in better leave rights for dads and partners.