Motherwell and Wishaw MP, Marion Fellows, signed the Equal Pay Day pledge on the 10th of November and urged employers to look at addressing the gender pay gap in their workplace.
The SNP’s Small Business spokesperson at Westminster also criticised North Lanarkshire Council leaders for failing to conclude equal pay claims.
The Office for National Statistics recently published data showing that the gender pay gap is not closing with women earning 14.1 per cent less than men on average.
Equal Pay Day fell on the 10th of November this year as this is the day from which women effectively stop earning relative to men.
Commenting, Marion said:
“While there has been progress for women in the workplace, it is unacceptable that in today’s day and age women are paid less than men for the same work.
“We cannot wait for the Tories to implement legislation that benefits working people. Employers must therefore address the pay gap themselves and ensure parity between workers.
“If they do not, women in particular should be joining a trade union to fight for the wages they deserve.
“In North Lanarkshire Council, it is also time for equal pay claims to be concluded and council leaders must be prepared to listen to those wronged by the administration to the tune of over £130million so that this exploitation does not happen again.
“It is not enough for people to pay lip service to gender equality, stakeholders must take action.”