New analysis of official figures by Labour shows women in Swindon are being paid 80p for every pound a man earns.
The revelation comes as Equal Pay Day - the day that women across the UK effectively start working for free due to the gender pay gap - comes three days earlier this year because the pay gap is back on the rise. That means women will work for free for the next 57 days.
A Labour Government will ask big companies with over 250 staff in Swindon to publish their average hourly pay gap each year to expose whether men and women are being paid differently for doing the same work, and whether too few women occupy senior positions.
Anne Snelgrove, Labour’s candidate in South Swindon, said:
“These shocking figures show the full extent of the gap in pay between men and women in Swindon. In David Cameron’s Britain, not only do women get paid less than men, but things are getting worse. Only Labour will take action to expose employers who pay men more than women and stand up for people here and across the country.”
Gloria De Piero MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities:
“Women are working an extra three days for free this year because the pay gap is back on the rise. Women shouldn’t have to wait another 50 years for Equal Pay which is why Labour will be calling a vote in Parliament to get big companies to publish their pay gap. If this Government doesn’t act, a Labour Government will.”