Paul Kenny, GMB General Secretary said, "Figures show that for workers resident in most areas in England, Wales and Northern Ireland there are more women in employment that there are men in employment. That means that equal pay for women is not just an issue of fairness but is something that directly impacts on the economic prosperity of many areas.
Politicians should no longer think of men as the breadwinner. they should consider the impact of women's wage packets and their experiences at work when they propose changes to employment policies.
Employers need to acknowledge the fundamental importance of flexible working and family friendly policies as women still continue to take on the burden of domestic work and childcare."