Half of all UK workers forced to work for free from now until the end of the year
If you're a woman in work, yesterday was the last day you got paid for the work you've done in the entire of 2016.
Today is Equal Pay Day. Due to the difference in pay between men and women, from today onwards if you are a woman that means you are effectively working for free for the rest of the year.
Currently the pay gap is still huge, even though it's a thing that isn't often talked about. But today is the day that everyone is talking about it, using the hashtag #EqualPayDay.
In the UK, for every £1 a man takes home, a woman only takes home 81p.— George Aylett (@GeorgeAylett) November 10, 2016
In 2016, we can do better than this.
End the pay gap. #EqualPayDay
Some are looking to have the rest of the year off. After all, they aren't getting paid for it.
Sat here waiting (rather impatiently 😤) for my boss to give me the rest of the year off... #EqualPayDay— Taima Bain (@TaimaBain) November 10, 2016
And expressing their outrage at the current situation.
From today women are effectively working for free for the rest of the year due to the gender wage gap. This is not ok. #EqualPayDay— Erin (@ErinKaay) November 10, 2016
The equal pay act was made almost 50 years ago, but women are still not paid as much as men.
Which is why people are protesting on Twitter and in the workplace today.
Half of all workers are working for free from now until the end of the year
Even leaving early.
For the women who are leaving work 18% early today, I stand with you! #EqualPayDay— LoveFoodLoveFashion (@biancalflf) November 10, 2016
Because it's absurd that in 2016, this is still the situation we're in.
Corbyn plans to clear this mess up...
Labour will introduce a Real Living Wage which will disproportionately benefit women who too often work in under-valued jobs #EqualPayDay— Jeremy Corbyn MP (@jeremycorbyn) November 10, 2016
(No word yet from Theresa May).
But until it's sorted (and unfortunately, some say it might take 170 years)
Gender pay gap could take 170 years to close, says World Economic Forum https://t.co/StykBIFqxt— The Guardian (@guardian) October 25, 2016
Today is the day to protest, and it's time to take the rest of the year off.