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  • International Workplace
  • 8 October 2019
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UK leading women’s fight to close gender pay gap

The #MeTooPay initiative, a campaign designed to put an end to the gender pay gap, has been launched by more than 100 of the country’s most successful businesswomen.

Led by the former CEO of the Royal Mail, Dame Moya Greene, the campaign has seen numerous well-known businesswomen back the initiative, and now some of corporate Britain's biggest names are behind it.

Dame Moya Greene said:

“Pay discrimination is more widespread than we had thought, even though we have had laws on the books for 40 years. We want to keep this issue alive. Most companies have very good policies, but in many cases they are not properly enacted, nor are they always leading to good outcomes.”

The launch of the initiative follows the case of BNP Paribas bank employee Stacey Macken, which shocked the women behind the campaign.

Macken worked in the firm's prime brokerage division. An Employment Tribunal revealed her basic salary was 25% less than that of her male colleague, and her first-year bonus payment was less than half of his.

That was despite equal grades for their workplace performance.

Three years after joining, the difference between Ms Macken's bonus and that of her male peer had widened to 85%.

Ms Macken won her claim for sexual discrimination against the investment bank.

Commenting on the case, Dame Moya Greene said:

“It is part of a series of high-profile discriminatory cases we have seen over the past 12 to 18 months. Pay discrimination is fundamentally a management issue, they decide who is going to be paid what.”

The #MeTooPay website is designed to be a hub for action, somewhere people can go to keep up to date on the latest stories of pay discrimination, learn about crucial court cases, and a place to share good and bad policies in action.

Dame Moya Greene said:

“What we thought was that in the UK today, there is so much of importance going on that it is so hard to get ‘cut through’. This campaign allows us to morph from the sexual harassment aspects of discrimination and move it into another area.”

Visit the campaign’s website at https://metoopay.co.uk/