The ‘equal pay for work of equal value’ farce – it’s time to pay the bills

One of the biggest farces in recent decades in the public sector – and there are so many to choose from – has been the idea of ‘equivalent jobs’, with ‘equal pay for work of equal value’. The idea is that when women choose to work in low-paying jobs, they should be paid the same as if they were working in higher-paying jobs they didn’t choose. Even by public sector standards it’s ridiculous.

Needless to say the initiative was designed to advantage women at the expense of men, who’ve historically been drawn to jobs which command pay premiums on account of few people being willing to do them, due to factors such as:

– unsocial hours

– unpleasant working conditions

– risk to life and limb

So in determining what ‘equal value’ meant, such considerations were disregarded. A dinner lady’s job has ‘equal value’ as that of a security guard working nights and weekends, at risk of being assaulted… In prisons, women working as administrators were deemed to be doing work of ‘equal value’ to prison warders who were at permanent risk of being attacked, injured, and even killed by violent inmates.

The bills for such initiatives have to be paid eventually. It looks like Birmingham City Council  may need to sell or lease some of its key assets to pay its bills:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-birmingham-25733267

About Mike Buchanan

I'm a men's human rights advocate, writer, and publisher. My primary focus is leading the political party I launched in 2013, Justice for Men & Boys (and the women who love them). I still work actively on two campaigns I launched in early 2012, Campaign for Merit in Business and the Anti-Feminism League. In 2014 I launched The Alternative Sexism Project, aiming to raise public understanding that the sexism faced by men and boys has far more grievous consequences than the sexism faced by women and girls.
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