Rotherham MP demands firms publish pay gap figures

Sarah Champion, Labour MP for Rotherham
Sarah Champion, Labour MP for Rotherham
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Rotherham MP Sarah Champion is to demand commitment from large companies for equal pay for men and women.

Tomorrow she is due to bring a ‘Ten Minute Rule’ Bill to Parliament asking for the mandatory publishing of figures for the pay gap between men and women, in companies of over 250 employees.

Sarah Champion, Labour MP for Rotherham

Sarah Champion, Labour MP for Rotherham

The tabling of Ms Champion’s Bill will be followed by a women’s rally for equal pay in Parliament.

Speaking ahead of the Bill, Sarah commented:

She said: “Whilst I am delighted to bring this Bill to Parliament and stand up for equal pay for women, I am so frustrated that equal pay still doesn’t happen automatically.

“We have tried a voluntary approach for companies taking action on this important issue, but only five companies signed up.

“Almost fifty years ago the women of Ford Dagenham went on strike for equal pay. The Equal Pay Act was passed in 1970.

“We owe it to women everywhere to make sure that they aren’t paid less just because of their gender. We must give women the recognition in the workplace that they deserve, and if that means we have to legislate to force companies to publish figures, so be it.”