Celebrating International Women’s Day March 8th 2021

Women's Day

Bristol Trades Union Council celebrates International Women’s Day and sends greetings to sisters everywhere. We continue to place equality at the heart of our work.

In 2020 Women’s Pay Day – the day when the average woman starts getting paid compared to the average man – was Wednesday 4 March.

In parts of the UK where the gender pay gap is wider, women work for free for longer.

And in some industries women have to wait until April or even May for their Women’s Pay Day.

The average woman effectively works for free for two months of the year compared to the average man.

The gender pay gap for all employees is 17.3%. Gender pay gap reporting was introduced in 2017 and aimed to ensure that larger employers took responsibility for tackling the gender pay gap in their organisation.

It made public the pay inequalities that are ultimately responsible for the persistent gender pay gap in this country.When the legal requirement for employers with over 250 employees to report their gender pay gap was suspended in 2020, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the trade union movement raised concerns about how this would set back equality and disadvantage women at work.

It is therefore of significant concern to all who are committed to achieving gender equality that the UK Government is considering removing the visibility of employers’ performance on pay equality for another year.

At a time when the UK’s economy is under threat, suspending gender pay gap reporting is not the right decision.Bristol Trades Union Council calls on the UK Government to urgently reinstate enforcement of gender pay gap reporting, and to require all larger employers to report their gender pay gap in 2021.

Though important gender pay gap reporting is not enough. The trade union movement has won notable victories for equal pay and at this year’s Women’s TUC conference has mapped a way forward in the fight for equal pay.

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Celebrating International Women’s Day – 2019

International Women's Day


Bristol Trades Union Council celebrates International Women’s Day and sends greetings to sisters everywhere. We continue to place equality at the heart of our work.

There is much to do.

Analysis published by the TUC in the last few days, 6th March 2019, found that the average woman has to wait more than two months of the calendar year before she starts to get paid, compared to the average man.

In 2019 the gender pay gap for full-time and part-time employees stood at 17.9% meaning that women effectively work for free for the first 65 days of the year. In the South West the pay gap is even wider at 18.7%.

In a number of key industries – even in those dominated by female workers – gender pay gaps are even bigger:

  • In education the gender pay gap is currently 25.9%, so the average woman effectively works for free for more than a quarter of the year (95 days) and has to wait until the 4th April before she starts earning the same as the average man.
  • In information and communications, the average woman waits 77 days.
  • The longest wait comes in finance and insurance. There the gender pay gap is the equivalent of 130 days – more than a third of the year.

TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:

“It’s been more than 50 years since the Ford machinists went on strike at Dagenham, the UK still has one of the worst gender pay gaps in Europe. Women effectively work for free for two months a year.

“Companies publishing information on their gender pay gaps is a small step in the right direction but it’s nowhere near enough. Women in the UK will only start to get paid properly when we have better-paid part-time and flexible jobs. And higher wages in key sectors like social care.

“Workplaces that recognise unions are more likely to have family friendly policies and fair pay. So a good first step for women worried about their pay is to join a union.”

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