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In the week of Equal Pay Day new figures reveal women in the North West earn £2.11 less per hour than men.

In the North West women are earning 17.6% less than men an hour, new analysis reveals.

Equal Pay Day – the day women effectively start working for free because they are still paid less than men – falls on 4 November this year, 3 days earlier than in 2013 because of the rising pay gap.

Labour have pledged to take action to deliver equal pay by requiring companies with more than 250 workers will to publish their hourly pay gap in their annual report. For the first time employees will be able to see if discrimination exists and whether all the top jobs are still dominated by men.

Tim Roca, Labour Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Macclesfield, said: “Equal pay is long overdue. Under David Cameron and Nick Clegg the pay gap is back on the rise after years of progress, as families are struggling with rising prices. A Labour Government will take action by asking employers to publish their pay gap data.”

Cllr Laura Jeuda, Labour Councillor for Macclesfield South, said, “In December 2012 I proposed that Cheshire East Council should pay a Living Wage to all its staff. It is now nearly 2 years since I brought this matter to the attention of the Council.”

Cllr. Sam Corcoran (Labour)

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