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Government spending cuts 'could lead to more workplace inequality'

Government spending cuts 'could lead to more workplace inequality'

The government has been warned that its widespread public sector spending cuts could result in gender inequality becoming an even bigger issue in workplaces across the country.

That is the view of Anna Bird, head of policy and campaigns at the Fawcett Society, who has said that the Conservative-Liberal Democrat alliance's austerity measures will cause widespread redundancies and will result in "twice as many women as men" losing their jobs.

Ms Bird explained that around two-thirds of the nation's public sector workforce is comprised of women, meaning that the majority of the estimated 500,000 who are made redundant in the near future will be female.

"The persistent gap in pay between men and women is one of the starkest examples of inequality in the UK today, but cuts to public spending may actually increase inequality," she added.

Meanwhile, union GMB published data recently (February 9th 2011) showing that women make up a majority of employees in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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Posted by Richard Saunders