16 March 2009
Govt 'should ensure recession does not result in gender discrimination'
The government should introduce a range of measures to ensure that the ongoing recession does not lead to female workers being discriminated against.
This is according to the Trades Union Congress (TUC), which said that a new deal should be devised under which universal access to "world-class" childcare should be introduced, along with action to close the gender pay gap.
In order to help achieve this second goal, mandatory pay audits should be introduced, the organisation said.
TUC general secretary Brendan Barber stated: "I urge the government to redouble its efforts to secure a better deal for women - because the need for fairness has never been greater than now."
He added that ministers should not shelve their plans to introduce stronger maternity and equality rights as a result of the economic crisis.
Describing itself as the "voice of Britain at work", the TUC claims to have around seven million members.