European Equal Pay Day: We are on the right track, but a lot more still needs to be done. Edit Bauer MEP.
Edit Bauer MEP and European Parliament Rapporteur on the "Application of the principle of equal pay for male and female workers for equal work or work of equal value" in the Women's Rights and Gender Equality Committee (FEMM), welcomes the second European Equal Pay Day. "Equal Pay for Equal Work will also be the motto of this year's European Parliament event on International Women's Day (8 of March) and I am delighted this topic is high on the agenda", says Edit Bauer MEP.
The Gender Pay Gap Report reiterates the recommendations adopted by the European Parliament in 2008, while also taking into account the statistical data and research information on the issue of the gender pay gap which have been released in recent years. "The principle that men and women should receive equal pay for equal work has been enshrined in the European Community Treaties", points out MEP Bauer.
The first directive on this issue dates back to 1975 and there has been a recast since then. "This means that on paper everything looks perfect. Today however, within the EU, we have an average pay gap of 16.4% between men and women. It shows that something really has to be done to make the legislation more effective and to ensure that the principle of gender equality becomes a reality", according to the EPP Group MEP.
The European Commission has tried to raise the awareness of the topic in many ways. It stressed the crucial nature of monitoring of the implementation of the recast directive. The EPP Group Members of the FEMM Committee warmly welcome all the efforts made by the Commission so far but still wish that the European Commission would intensify its monitoring of the implementation of the existing legislation.
Mrs. Bauer mentions that according to the existing data, half of the differences in salaries could be explained (e.g. competences and nature of the work, etc.) but the remaining half of differences are of a purely discriminatory nature. "Another important question is how to explain the vast differences between the Member States", she concluded.
The Report will be voted on in the FEMM Committee on the 23 of April and at the Plenary Session on the 2 of May.
Draft Report: Gender Pay Gap
Programme of the Equal Pay for Equal Work, Interparliamentary Committee Meeting on International Women's Day (8 of March)
For further information:
Edit Bauer MEP, Tel: +32-2-2845673
Sarita Rauta, EPP Group Press & Communications Service, Tel: +32-476-880538
Notes to Editors:
The EPP Group is by far the largest political group in the European Parliament with 271 Members.