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May 2017

ETUC Annual Gender Equality Survey.

Lionel Fulton, the LRD’s secretary has cooperated with two advisers from the European Trade Union Confederation, Cinzia Sechi and Barbara Helfferich, to produce the 10th ETUC Annual Gender Equality Survey. The survey is in two parts, with the first part looking at the proportion of women in the European trade union movement, including in decision-making positions and bodies, and the second part examining the views and activities of ETUC members in relation to the gender pension gap.

The survey found that the average proportion of women members in the confederations replying to the survey was 43.6%, around three percentage points lower than the proportion employees who are women. However, most confederations reported an increase in the proportion of women in membership, and there has been a clear upward trend since the survey was first launched in 2008. Almost a quarter (23.9%) of union confederations are now headed by women and women make up 37% of the leadership teams. The increase in the number of women in leadership was seen as the biggest change in this area over the last 10 years, and gender stereotyping and male attitudes were seen as the main obstacles to women’s progress.

On pensions, the survey found that the public were more concerned about the pension age and the level of pensions than the gender pension gap. However, most union confederations had discussed the gender pension gap and adopted policies to combat it. With women generally bearing a much heavier burden than men, in terms of caring for children and dependent relatives, how these periods of care are treated in the pension system is an important element of the gender pension gap. The survey found that most confederations had taken up this issue, and almost half felt their actions had had an impact. The survey also looked at women’s pension age and the move away from state pension provision.

https://www.etuc.org/sites/www.etuc.org/files/document/files/etuc_annual_equality_survey_2017_final_en.pdf

 

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