It’s Suffrage Day again but women are still paid less than men

Carol Beaumont, CTU SecretaryToday is the 113th anniversary of women campaigning and winning the right to vote. But CTU secretary, Carol Beaumont, notes there is still some way to go towards to goal of equality for women workers.

“Women continue to earn 14 per cent less on average than men. The pay gap persists because of problems such as occupational segregation, undervaluing of work primarily done by women and discrimination.”

“Earlier this year when the minimum wage finally crossed the $10 mark, 91,000 workers got a pay rise, 61,000 of whom were women. 61,000 working women should not have to rely on the minimum wage increases to see a pay rise, and unions will continue to campaigning for justice in wages for all working women.”

The majority of finance employees are women. Finsec, which represents workers in the four major banks, insurance companies and other finance companies, has 81% female members and 19% male union members.

The gender pay gap problem in the finance sector is directly related to limited career paths. Despite the predominance of women among the four bank’s workforces, senior management and leadership positions are disproportionately held by men.

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2 Responses to “It’s Suffrage Day again but women are still paid less than men”


  1. 1 Gisele 10 August, 2007 at 12:24 am

    For gods sake – when will the femainsists just quit it? As a women i find the fact that women are paid 14% less than men on average irrelivant, because men are more usful in most areas, and as well as this, women are contantly taking maternity leave – so a male would be more valuble in a position to a women


  1. 1 Newtown’s Nanda Naran celebrates 114 years of women’s suffrage « …the gossip Trackback on 20 September, 2007 at 10:04 am

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