Labour wages policies would benefit Harrow East

Labour equal pay policy would benefit Harrow East and overall wage increase to £10 an hour real living wage for everyone would ease much increased child poverty.
Pamela Fitzpatrick, Labour’s candidate in Harrow East welcomes the policy and said “It’s completely unacceptable that in Harrow East there is still a 11.9 per cent gap in wages between men and women”.
Laura Pidcock, shadow employment rights secretary & Dawn Butler, shadow women and equalities secretary, set out the next Labour government’s target of closing the gender pay gap by 2030.
Next year marks 50 years since the Equal Pay Act, but the mean gender pay gap for full-time work stands at 13.1%.
“Working women have been at the bottom of the list of priorities for government and under the Tories plans, it’ll take sixty years to close the gap” Ms Fitzpatrick commented.
“Labour in government will be uncompromising in tackling the structural barriers that are holding so many women back in Harrow East” she added.
The policy includes introducing national pay scales in low paid sectors with overwhelmingly female workforces, such as childcare and school support staff and large employers to introduce a menopause workplace policy to break the stigma associated with the menopause.
When services are procured from the private sector, companies will be assessed against best practice public service criteria, including provisions for collective bargaining, adherence to environmental standards, effective equalities policies, full tax compliance and application of pay ratios. In the public sector, Labour will enforce maximum pay ratios of 20:1
Alongside welcoming equal pay policy, Ms Fitzpatrick also welcomes that Labour will end in-work poverty with £10 an hour real living wage – for everyone, which would ease child poverty caused by the government cuts.
A TUC report showing that the number of children growing up in poverty in working households in the London region since 2010, has increased by 246,554 extra children in poverty (an increase of 68%).
No information whether Harrow West Labour also welcome the policies to address poverty and gender gap in wages.