WHERE’S OUR $252.80?
On average men earn $252.80 a week more than women in Australia.
When will that pay gap be closed? That’s what the working women of this country would like to know.
And those of us who are mothers ask… why should we be penalised for leaving work to have kids? Did we get pregnant by ourselves? Is the idea of the immaculate conception alive and well in the Australian workplace?
It’s time we all understood that raising children is not “women’s work”.
It is the important work of nation-building and both men and women should have equal investment in it.
As it stands, when women leave work to have children, they lose job security, career opportunities and wages.
A woman who takes one year of maternity leave experiences, on her return to work, a reduction in her hourly wage of nearly five percent, with the figure rising to 10 percent after a three-year break.
Overall, women’s pay rates are stuck at 17.5 percent behind men’s and have been for 20 years. And in the worst gender pay imbalance – in the finance and insurance sector – women earn 32.7 percent less than the men they work with.
New figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics show that women working full time earn on average $1,193.50 per week. Men pocket an extra $252.80, earning $1446.30 per week.
The eyes of the nation’s female workforce will be on the Senate this week as it considers a new Bill to ensure equality in the workplace.
If passed, the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012 will remove the barriers that stop women from equal participation.
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