Gender Inequality still a persistent and significant factor

8 Mar 2012

Congress today said that the last decade had seen "no discernible progress" towards addressing the gender pay gap and that inequality remains "a significant factor in the working lives of women."

Carol and SAKCarol O'Brien (Chair of Congress Women's Committee) and SallyAnne Kinahan (Congress Assistant General Secretary) at the Congress Women's conference last week in Belfast. (Pic Paula Geraghty)Congress Assistant General Secretary Sally Anne Kinahan said recent reports from the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) and the European Commission confirmed that genuine pay and workplace equality had still to be realised.

"On the occasion of International Women's Day it is important we recognise that significant obstacles remain for women in the workplace. We should also acknowledge that the evidence from the ITUC is that women in trade unions are better protected in this crisis and enjoy better conditions than women in non-union sectors," she said.