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28.06.21

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WTF: Equal Pay Day med The Fawcett Society

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Equal Pay Day ☁️

I vårt allra första avsnitt av What The Fluff har vi med Bea Pitel från brittiska välgörenhetsorganisationen The Fawcett Society. Bea berättar om “Equal Pay Day” (dagen för lika lön) och lönediskrimineringen mot kvinnor. År 1970 bestämdes det i lagen att män och kvinnor ska få lika betalt för lika arbete. Men som Bea poängterar, så är det fortfarande många kvinnor som utsätts för lönediskriminering. Hon talar om ”Equal Pay Day” och vad dagen innebär samt om den 13% stora löneskillnaden mellan män och kvinnor. The Fawcett Society arbetar för att se till att lagen om lika lön faktiskt upprätthålls, dels genom löne transparens och genom att folk kontaktar sina lokala politiker.

Vad är “What The Fluff”?

Det bästa sättet att skapa förståelse och empati mellan människor är att prata om saker. Dem viktiga, svåra sakerna. Därför skapade Estrid ”What The Fluff”: en IGTV serie där vi bjöd in olika profiler för att prata om svåra saker. Från att bekämpa ätstörningar, till hur det är att leva med en kronisk sjukdom, och vikten av att stötta unga transpersoner - våra gäster har delat med sig om sina personliga erfarenheter kring en mängd olika ämnen, och hjälpt oss skapa en trygg miljö att prata i.

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Hey, I'm Bea Pitel, I work for a charity called the Fawcett Society. I'm here with Estrid today to talk about equal pay and pay discrimination against women. Like many people, I'm working from home at the moment and I feel super grateful to be able to do that and in a job, that means I can work safely from my house.

Every morning I've started going out for a little walk, a walk around where I live. I thought I'd bring you with me and I can tell you a bit about pay discrimination and some of the campaigning that Fawcett is doing. I've got my coat on. It's a little bit cold and I've got a cup of tea. I actually got a cup of tea in a feminist mug which is quite fun. So 50 years ago, in 1970, the Equal Pay Act came into force and the premise of this law was very simple.

It was that men and women should be paid equally for doing the same job or a job of similar value. 50 years on today in 2020 we know the law is just not fit for purpose and that there are many women across the UK who are still suffering pay discrimination. There have been big claims at big supermarkets, at the BBC, like this isn't an isolated thing. And I'm sure that some of the people watching this video will, have either experience pay discrimination themselves or have a loved one who has. This isn't an isolated thing.

We're working with a woman called Kate, who is a head chef at sitcom college, and she had an informal conversation with a colleague and she found out he was also a head chef and at the same place that he was being paid twenty-two thousand pounds a year which was six thousand pounds more than she was being paid for doing exactly the same job. And that they've been working together for a really long time and so she had been being discriminated against for ten years. So she lost a really significant amount of income during that time.

Equal pay day at the moment is in mid-November. And that is the day that effectively women start working for free. The gender pay gap at the moment is 13 percent for full-time working women and men. And it's not good enough and it needs to change. Pay discrimination is one of the key causes of the gender pay gap. And it's happening because we have a culture of secrecy. There is no pay transparency. It's really hard, for people like Kate, to find out that they're being discriminated against.

And it often happens by chance through informal conversations with colleagues or in the pub or someone accidentally sees some financial information. We're campaigning to change the law and to make it fit for purpose in the 21st century. We want to give women the legal right to know. This is a change we're calling on all MP's to support. So if you could please email your MP, that would be amazing and really support the campaign work we're doing right now. The right to know would give women the right to access the information they need if they suspect that they are being discriminated against and really help women access their right to equal pay. We think it would make a real difference.

So, yeah, please email your MP and a huge thank you to Estrid for having me on your channel today to chat about equal pay.

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