02 September 2011
Govt 'must accept equal pay legislation is ineffective'
Sex discrimination is as big a problem in the 21st-century employment sector in the UK as it ever was in the past, an expert has said.
According to Brendan Barber - general secretary of the Trades Union Congress (TUC), an organisation with more than six million members - females are still struggling to access jobs in the higher echelons of their companies.
Mr Barber was speaking following the publication of research by the Chartered Management Institute on the issue of the gender pay gap, which found that while women in junior managerial roles are generally paid more than men, the opposite remains true for more senior positions.
He noted that the "glass ceiling" is as "strong as ever" and called on the government to recognise that all equal pay legislation active at the moment is "not fit for purpose".
"Flexible working legislation has driven the cultural shift towards more family friendly workplaces but it needs to go much further," he added.
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Posted by Trusha Vyas
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