Male salaries get cut for women workers
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.