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Companies given 3 years to close gender pay gap

rfi English, Mar 8

Companies caught discriminating against women over pay will be given three years to close the gap or face fines under a proposal announced just ahead of International Women’s Day. If passed by parliament, the measure will be rolled out by 2020. 

The government revealed the planned crackdown to unions and employers, giving them a month to iron out details.

Men are still paid on average nine percent more than women in France, despite equal pay laws going back 45 years.

The measure is part of a social reform bill due to be presented to Prime Minister Edouard Philippe’s cabinet at the end of next month.

Meanwhile, the UN labour agency warned that gender parity progress in the workplace could grind to a halt or even reverse.

In a new report, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) said that the global pay gap is persistent, with women on average earning 20 percent less than men.

It also found that, for every 10 men in a job globally, only six women are employed. And women are more likely to have jobs in the informal sector with low wages and few protections.

Later this year, the ILO is set to debate the creation of a new international treaty focused on harassment and abuse in the workplace, which is seen as a major barrier to women getting a job.

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