[Text on screen]: Gender, race, sexuality...there’s a pay gap for each. Why do we still not have equal pay for all?
[Title text]: The history of Equal Pay
[Text on screen]: The problem of unequal pay is widespread in society. It affects a whole range of people, including:
- those with a disability
- ethnic minorities
- young and old
But it isn’t a recent issue, the battle for equal pay dates back into the 20th century.
During the World Wars, women were required to fill jobs that men left behind.
But even though they were doing the same job, they were paid far less.
Ethnic minorities also face substantial pay gaps.
A Race Disparity Audit, released in October 2017, revealed the imbalance.
It found that black NHS employees were paid, in some cases, nearly £10,000 less than white employees in the same job role.
The LGBT pay gap in the UK is also prevalent.
A study in 2014 found earnings favoured lesbian workers, but negatively impacted gay workers.
It is thought that stereotypes of masculinity are the reason for this disparity.
Today, the Equality Act 2010 covers a range of legal topics, including workplace issues.
Among other regulations, the act sets out to: “prohibit victimisation” and “increase equality of opportunity.”
This applies to all people, regardless of age, disability, race or gender.
Equal pay has been a constant ongoing struggle.
No one should be denied the right to an honest salary for their hard work...no matter your gender, race, age or disability.