Dawn Butler, the Shadow Women and Equalities Minister, has said that Labour would require all large public and private employers will be required to take action on gender pay gaps. The Government has recently agreed to audit gender pay in businesses, but the Labour policy would force action beyond that.
“In 1970 Labour introduced the Equal Pay Act but nearly 50 years later, women are still paid on average over 14 per cent less than men.
It’s time to close the gender pay gap once and for all. But to address these deep rooted inequalities, we need action, not just audits.
The next Labour government will require all large employers to prove how they plan to tackle their gender pay gaps and prove they are equal pay employers.
Labour will make it a priority to close the gender pay gap and tackle the structural barriers facing women across our society, creating a country that truly works for the many, not the few”.
Theresa May, the Prime Minister, has joined in the criticism of comments made by Toby Young but confirmed he will keep his role as a board member of the Office for Students.
Speaking on the BBC’s Andrew Marr show the Prime Minister said:
“Toby Young has done exceedingly good work in relation to free schools. And that’s what led to him being appointed to the office for students. When he was appointed I was not aware of these comments that he had made. Frankly I’m not at all impressed by those comments. He’s now in public office
and as far as I’m concerned if he was to continue to use that sort
of language and talk in that sort of way he would no longer be in
Two Labour politicians called for Young to be sacked, with Dawn Butler and Angela Rayner saying:
“The virulence of Mr Young’s misogyny is disturbing; furthermore, he has offered no apology for his remarks”.
Dawn Butler, the Labour MP for Brent Central, has withdrawn allegations that she made against Costa Coffee on BBC Radio 4’s PM programme. Butler had made an allegation that the company didn’t pay tax, saying:
“It is clear that those people, very high earners and tax corporations and businesses, such as Costa Coffee, who don’t pay their full taxes in this country will have to pay their taxes in this country”.
After the interview, Butler withdrew the allegations and issued an apology to Costa Coffee. The former Shadow Minister wrote on Twitter:
“I officially apologise to @CostaCoffee unlike one of their competitors they do pay all their taxes”.
Costa Coffee issued a statement saying that they accepted the MP’s apology.