Cabinet moves to reduce gender pay gap

31st March 2006, Comments 0 comments

31 March 2006, BRUSSELS — The federal Cabinet approved various measures on Friday to improve the equality of pay between men and women, Equal Opportunities Minister Christian Dupont said.

31 March 2006

BRUSSELS — The federal Cabinet approved various measures on Friday to improve the equality of pay between men and women, Equal Opportunities Minister Christian Dupont said.

Various studies have indicated the difference in wages between men and women working the same job is about 5 percent.

But other estimates reveal that on an annual basis, women earn 15 to 25 percent less. They would have to work a maximum of three months longer to earn the same amount.

And the European Commission said a study of gross incomes indicates the difference in wages is only widening.

However, the Belgian government and Parliament is working on reducing the wage gap via several legislative proposals.

The announcement was made as various events were staged across the country on Equal Pay Day.

The women's organisation of the Socialist SP.A party and trade union federation ABVV-FGTB staged protest actions at companies and train stations.

Actions were also staged at city squares and at the office of employers association VBO-FEB.

Liberal VLD women were seen distributing pamphlets at 12 Flemish train stations and Brussels Central. The cards said: 'Do I need to be a man to earn as much?'

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

Subject: Belgian news

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