BPW Australia is disturbed by the almost 1% increase in the pay gap between men and women over the past 12 months. Despite all attempts by government to ensure better workplace practices, somehow employers are missing the mark.
BPW Australia calls upon the government to educate employers about the concept of a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work, and end the secrecy of what men earn in their pay packet compared to women. If there was improved transparency around what workers were paid, women would be better valued for the work they do to keep the Australian economy burning.
Equal pay day 5 September – 66 days extra to work to earn same as men in previous year
This year, a woman has to work 66 days longer than a man to earn the same annual income, according to the figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
National President of BPW Australia, Dr June Kane says members have every right to be angered and dismayed by the continued disregard and lack of respect for the contribution women make to the world of work in Australia.
BPW Australia has a long history in lobbying this issue at the highest levels, and there seems to be nothing to celebrate this year, with one of the worst figures in gender pay equity for 20 years. Employers are being asked to examine their work practices, and ensure that women are being paid on an equal footing with their male co-workers. There should be zero tolerance for sex discrimination in the pay packet.
On September 5, women are encouraged to wear red, as a symbol of solidarity for equal pay.