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TUC - Equal pay law and business goodwill have failed to break the glass ceiling

Commenting on the gender pay gap report published yesterday by the Chartered Management Institute, TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said:

'While the pay gap has closed for junior managerial staff, the glass ceiling is still as strong as ever in preventing women from progressing into senior management.

'After four decades of equal pay legislation, it's time to admit that the law is no longer fit for purpose and that relying on the goodwill of businesses hasn't got us very far.

'Flexible working legislation has driven the cultural shift towards more family friendly workplaces but it needs to go much further, while mandatory pay disclosure will enable men and women to see how their pay compares to colleagues.

'This is the only way to root out systemic pay inequality and stop the chronic waste of talent that arises when women are forced to trade down jobs to work flexibly.'

NOTES TO EDITORS:

- The Chartered Management Institute report is available at www.managers.org.uk/news/female-junior-execs-break-down-gender-pay-barrier

- All TUC press releases can be found at www.tuc.org.uk

- Congress 2011 will be held at the TUC's Congress House in central London this year. The event runs over three days, from Monday 12 to Wednesday 14 September. Free media passes can be obtained by visiting www.tuc.org.uk/the_tuc/tuc-19831-f0.cfm and filling in the online form. All applications for media passes must be received no later than noon on Monday 5 September. Any applications received after then will be processed when possible and may be subject to delay. Late applications will be subject to a £50 administration fee. Wi-fi will be available free of charge throughout the venue.

Contacts:

Media enquiries:
Liz Chinchen T: 020 7467 1248 M: 07778 158175 E:
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Rob Holdsworth T: 020 7467 1372 M: 07717 531150 E:
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Elly Gibson T: 020 7467 1337 M: 07900 910624 E: egibson@tuc.org.uk

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