Exposing the hidden cost of the gender pay gap

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Exposing the hidden cost of the gender pay gap

Compulsory gender pay gap reporting revealed that men are paid more than women in 7,795 of 10,016 employers in Britain. Frances O’Grady reported that it will take decades for women to get paid the same as men. Lack of pay growth has left workers £38 a week worse off, leaving millions of working people facing hardship and getting deeper into debt.

The gender pay gap has a detrimental effect on women’s health which extends to all areas of life and has a ripple effect on society. The social gradient in health is heavily gendered, as women constitute around 70% of the world’s poor.

Women are more likely to occupy insecure, low status jobs with little or no decision making authority. Those in such jobs experience higher levels of negative life events, relationship, housing and mental health problems, physical and emotional abuse, and reduced social support.

Gender must be taken into account when looking at the way income disparity, inequality and poverty impacts on mental health.

Conference instructs the TUC to:

  • Campaign to close the gender pay gap
  • Undertake research to find out the impact of the gender pay gap on women’s health and the cost of this on the economy.


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