Now is not the time to turn our backs on equality, warns TUC

23 Feb 2021 11:59 AM

Responding to confirmation today (Tuesday) by the Equalities and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) that the deadline for employers to report on their gender pay gap will be extended by six months to October, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:

TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:  

“Delaying gender pay gap reporting for six months isn’t necessary. There is nothing to stop bosses reporting in March as usual – and hopefully good employers will still do this.  

“Now is not the time to turn our backs on equality. Women have lost out on pay and had to cut their hours in the pandemic. It’s vital that employers analyse their pay gaps and take immediate action to close them. Unnecessary delay risks turning the clock back. 

“This decision sends a worrying message about the importance given to gender equality. It’s not just a nice addition in good times that can be shelved when the going gets tough.”

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