Women on warpath over equal pay audit

The
CBI conference will be picketed by women workers later this year unless it
drops its opposition to equal pay audits, says Union Amicus.

Roger
Lyons, general secretary of Amicus, accused employers holding back measures to
close the 19 per cent pay gap between men and women, reports website Ananova.

Lyons
said unless the CBI changes its position on equal pay, the union would stage a
picket of its national conference in Manchester in November.

Amicus
asked thousands of firms to carry out pay audits to make sure women were not
being paid less than men.

But
only 70 companies have agreed to do so.

The
CBI said it was opposed to statutory pay reviews, but said it had developed a
voluntary system.

By Quentin Reade

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