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March 2014

Gender pay gap in public services (EPSU)

The report of a new European Public Services Union (EPSU) survey carried out by the Labour Research Department has been published. The report highlights trade union action to narrow the gender pay gap in the public sector and shows that unions are key to addressing and reducing gender pay inequality effectively. The report monitors trade union action for public administration, education, national, regional and local government, electricity and gas, water and sewerage and shows that trade unions have taken action in essential areas as e.g. the concentration of women in traditional or stereotypical jobs or measures to improve the proportion of women in more senior positions.

The report projects that if jobs and earnings are lost in the public sector, an area which so far has offered better opportunities for women than the private sector, the consequence may well be a widening of the overall gender pay gap. It includes a detailed survey to which 36 EPSU affiliates from 19 European countries responded in a questionnaire in areas of trade union action they took as with regard to labour market segregation, payment systems that are unfair to women, part-time work, training, maternity and parental leave and child care, outsourcing and working time flexibility.

Read the The gender pay gap in public services

 

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