Male salaries get cut for women workers

March 12, 2007 at 11:33 pm 2 comments

I just read about this interesting turn of events in the UK:

Hundreds of thousands of men working in the the public sector are facing salary cuts of up to £15,000 a year as equal pay agreements take effect, The Times has learnt.

Compensation claims for up to 1.5 million workers could cost the taxpayer more than £10 billion and mean that male staff lose up to 40 per cent of their salary.

Up to 700,000 female council workers, a similar number of NHS workers and tens of thousands of teaching assistants and Ministry of Defence staff are now eligible for equal pay settlements stretching back over six years.

This is very interesting. It struck me that this type of move will only make men even more resistant to equal pay for women when it touches their own wallets. I expected this to come a different way. I most certainly didn’t expect it to seem like the men are being punished so that the women can have equal pay, which is what this new settlement will do.

While I am ruthless when it comes to fighting for equal pay, I just don’t think this just is smart move at all.

 Here is the link to the full article

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. marylandmacaca  |  March 13, 2007 at 1:51 am

    Yeah, this is not pragmatic at all. You can’t get someone to agree with you via coercion.

  • 2. Jennifer  |  January 15, 2009 at 10:10 pm

    The Republican party in the US voted against a the Lilly Ledbetter Equal Pay Bill in April of 2008 fearing that just such a situation would come out.

    Today, January 15, 2009 the bill was passed.

    Sometimes it costs of rectifying a wrong seem steep initially but in the long run it will be better for everyone.

    Now we just need more women in government.

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