(November 2016) The annual report on wages from the LO trade union confederation shows that workers have benefitted from real wage increases over the past 20 years. However, the report also reveals that the gender pay gap remains persistently high at 15% while the gap between pay for blue and white collar workers has increased and is now at 47%, a level not seen since the 1930s.
Positive news on pay rises but pay gaps persist
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(March 2017) Marking International Women's Day with a focus on the gender pay gap, both EPSU and the ETUC underlined the need for urgent action to deliver pay rises across Europe with a particular emphasis on higher increases for sectors and occupations dominated by women. Flat-rate increases, job evaluation and other measures were highlighted as part of the strategy to address the gender pay gap and low pay among women workers.
The ETUC has published a newsletter providing an overview of its Pay Rise campaign so far - covering specific initiatives on women and young workers as well as the focus on public sector workers on Public Services Day - 23rd June. The next main event in the campaign will be a conference in Bratislava on 22 September which will focus on corporate greed and the pay gap between workers in Eastern and Western Europe.