Today on International Women’s’ Day (IWD) EFFAT wants to support both women and men in their fight for gender equality in the world of work. EFFAT wants to send a strong call to action to all women workers to join forces and negotiate for a better, more equal world of work, including ending the gender pay gap.
The gender pay gap in the EU remains at 14.1%. These figures have only minimally changed over the last decade, to the extent that an ETUC study, released in 2020, highlights that at this pace of change the gap will be closed in 2124.
EFFAT sectors, food, tourism and agriculture, echo these trends: In the survey on the implementation of the EFFAT Gender Equality Plan member organizations reported that the pay gap in the EFFAT sectors is up to 29 %, representing a difference of to 290000 € in salary over a whole working life.
The factors behind this mismatch are many including sectoral segregation, overrepresentation of women in relatively low-paying low-paid sectors, unequal share of paid and unpaid word, and pay wage discrimination as well as the lack of pay transparency.
The proposed Pay Transparency Directive, currently under negotiation, establishes measures on pay transparency, such as pay information for jobseekers, the right to know the pay levels of workers doing the same job, as well as obligations for large companies to provide information on the gender pay gap. EFFAT will continue to develop joint actions to amend the proposal in favour of women workers. The Directive should be a tool in their hands to finally have pay transparency and to be able to collectively bargain to eradicate the gender pay gap, pay discrimination and the undervaluation of female-dominated jobs.
“It is still such a tough time for women in Europe” says Kristjan Bragason, EFFAT General Secretary. “The recent COVID-19 pandemic has massively exacerbated women’s vulnerability to income loss and exposed them to additional unpaid work and high psychological pressure. The EU needs to finally ensure that solid gender- equality strategies, including a comprehensive Gender Pay Transparency Directive, tackle every aspect of the structural disadvantage faced by women in Europe.’’
Finally, this year’s IWD activities are marked with the war outbreak in Ukraine. EFFAT wants to take this opportunity to express its solidarity and support to all the brave Ukrainian women fighting for life in the wake of the Russian invasion. We praise those that remained in the country leading in the frontline, and those who equally courageously are fleeing their home, alone or with their children, in search of a safer place to relocate. EFFAT stands with you all, strongly condemning this atrocity and calling for a prompt end to the Russian invasion.