Internation Women’s Day 2021
On International Women’s Day 2021, Labour has revealed that 76% of workers – nearly one million NHS staff – affected by the Government’s NHS pay cut are women.
Labour is demanding a pay rise for our NHS workers, who have worked tirelessly to keep us all safe and well. With inflation set to rise to 1.7 per cent this year, the 1 per cent pay rise is – in real terms – a pay cut for many NHS workers, including nurses, health visitors and clinical staff.
Women have been disproportionately impacted by Covid. They are more likely to work in low paid or shutdown sectors, more likely to have taken on additional caring responsibilities, and young women are particularly vulnerable to losing their jobs.
The Government has refused to address these facts in any of its economic responses to the pandemic.
Labour is also calling on the Government to conduct an urgent Equality Impact Assessment of the recent Budget and to immediately restart gender pay gap reporting, which the Government suspended a year ago.
Marsha de Cordova MP, Labour’s Shadow Women and Equalities Secretary, said:
“Once again the Chancellor has chosen to turn his back on women who have experienced the worst economic and social impacts of the pandemic.
To give women on the NHS front lines a pay cut is just another example of how badly Boris Johnson’s Government have consistently failed women.
Inaction risks further entrenching inequalities long into the future and turning the clock back on progress made over the last few decades.
The Government must guarantee NHS workers a real pay rise, conduct an Equality Impact Assessment and immediately restart Gender Pay Gap Reporting.”
Clive Lewis, Labour MP for Norwich South, said:
“This year International Women’s Day falls a year into a pandemic which has had huge consequences for women’s equality. Covid has had a disproportionate impact on women.
Women are more likely to work in low paid or shutdown sectors, more likely to have taken on more caring responsibilities and young women are particularly vulnerable to losing their jobs.
Labour is and always will be the Party of equality. Labour delivered: the Equal Pay Act, the Sex Discrimination Act, the Equality Act, the Minimum Wage and introduced Sure Start. We are committed to securing equality for all women.”