MPs launch #Paymetoo campaign

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A cross-party group of MPs has launched a campaign following up on the gender pay audits and encouraging women to take action to push for greater equality at work.

The #Paymetoo campaign is backed by MPs including Jess Phillips and Stella Creasy from Labour, Jo Swinson from the Lib Dems and Nicky Morgan from the Conservatives as well as Hannah Bardell from the SNP and Liz Saville Roberts from Plaid Cymru.

Given the deadline for public sector organisations with more than 250 employees to publish their gender pay gap passed at the end of March and that for similarly sized private sector companies will be passed on Wednesday, the MPs want to raise awareness among female employees about what they can do next. Many of their suggestions focus on equal pay, although this is only one element of the gender pay gap.

They encourage them to talk to their co-workers about their pay and to check the gender pay audit figures for their organisation and similar ones online. The campaign also advises women to talk to their managers, to ask to see their employer’s action plan to address the gender pay gap in their workplace, to join a union or talk to their union reps about what they are doing on pay equality and to take the issue to their Women’s Network if they have one. If they don’t have one, it suggests starting one. And it says women can share their experiences through the campaign’s #paymetoo survey. They say: “It’s anonymous and will help inform our debates on parliament about how to address these issues.”

Meanwhile, the BBC has announced that it is seeking to ensure all experts on its news, current affairs and topical programmes are equally balanced between men and women by April 2019.

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