Half of workers are unhappy with their pay – with women less likely to be satisfied about their earnings, new research has shown.
A survey of 4,000 employees also showed that women are less likely than men to have talked about pay to their manager.
In workplaces with no union presence, workers rarely talk about pay rates or feel brave enough to ask for a wage rise, said the report by the TUC and pay analysts Incomes Data Services.
“Employees fortunate enough to work in unionised workplaces have less to worry about when it comes to pay,” TUC general secretary Brendan Barber said.
“Not only are they likely to earn more per hour than workers in non-unionised firms, they also don’t have to worry about bucking up the courage to ask for a pay rise. Their union does this for them.
“But elsewhere, workers are clearly feeling undervalued, probably justifiably so.”