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ETUC demands urgent action to tackle gender pay gap

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The European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) has called on the European Commission to step-up its efforts to ensure equal pay for both women and men.

The call follows the recent publication of a Commission report showing that the pay gap between women and men in the European Union continues to remain. ETUC has expressed its disappointment at the lack of ambition from the commission, and its unwillingness to undertake concrete measures to fight the gender pay gap.

The findings of the report are alarming. Despite a slight weak downward trend, in recent years, the gender pay gap exists at various levels in all 28 Member States.

Claudia Menne, ETUC Confederal Secretary, said: “The European Commission missed the opportunity to acknowledge the crucial role of trade unions, to keep the topic on the political agenda, to raise awareness and to challenge discrimination.

"If the Commission is serious in seeking to reduce inequalities and gender pay gap they should actively promote collective bargaining."

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