General election 2019: Labour pledges to close gender pay gap by 2030

Our thanks to Ray for this by Andrew Verity, Economics correspondent at the BBC. Not a single word about some of the key issues driving the gender pay gap (which is only significant above the age of 40, anyway) including women’s preference for part-time work (or no work), career choices, work ethic, and more. The Force It Society is quoted early on, unbiased commentators that they are. An extract from the piece:

Labour said the new agency would check firms with more than 250 employees were meeting gender equality criteria on recruitment, career progression, pay and work-life balance. [J4MB: What business would any government have dictating work-life balance? Most women aren’t going to stop prioritising life over work – only possible because men’s work enables it – so will men be forced to work less? It seems so.]

Those that did would become certified. Labour would then lower that threshold by the end of 2020 to workplaces with 50 employees.

It will also extend maternity pay from nine to 12 months and introduce free childcare for two to four-year-olds. [J4MB: Only “free” because male taxpayers (primarily) will be funding it through their taxes.]

As always, the idiots at the CBI are part of the problem, as they have been on “women on boards” for 10+ years:

Matthew Fell, CBI chief UK policy director, said firms shared the Labour Party’s goal but: “Creating inclusive workplaces where everyone can thrive is the only way to tackle gender inequality at work.”…

The CBI… says it shares the Labour Party’s ambition to close the gender pay gap as quickly as possible.

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