In the European Union, they want to make the wages of men and women equal: the European Commission (EC) presented a legislative proposal on the transparency of wages and guarantees of equal pay for equal work for women and men in the EU.
The EU Commissioner for Equality Helena Dalli presented the project.
“The proposal for transparency in pay is an important step towards the principle of equal pay for work of equal or equal value between women and men. It will enable workers to claim the right to equal pay and end gender pay bias, ” she said.
The proposal focuses on making salaries transparent and “improving access to justice for victims of discrimination” in this area. Employers with at least 250 employees must also publish information on the pay gap between women and men. Employees will be eligible for compensation for pay discrimination.
Now the bill will be sent for approval to the European Parliament and the EU Council. If adopted, the member states of the union will have two years to transpose it into national legislation. The EC press release specifies that the implementation and application of the right to equal pay for women and men for equal or equal work in practice remain “a serious problem in the countries of the union.”
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