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Sunday, 24 November, 2002, 11:29 GMT
Women march on CBI over pay
A man and a woman
British men earn 19p more in the pound than women
Women demanding equal pay are to picket bosses as they arrive at Britain's highest-profile annual meeting of employers.

About 500 campaigners are demonstrating outside the Confederation of British Industry's (CBI) conference in Manchester on Sunday.

Organised by the union Amicus, campaigners are protesting that the salary gap between the sexes has risen to 19% in the UK.

The union is calling for equal pay reviews to address the discrimination, but the CBI says the pay gap is a result of the job choices people make.


What would address the pay gap is to make it easier for women to get into higher paid sectors

CBI spokesman

Arthur Taylor, regional officer for Amicus, accused the CBI of putting pressure on the Government to make sure businesses were not forced to carry out equal pay audits.

He said: "The CBI is aiding and abetting theft from women's wages."

On Sunday 19 girls between the ages of two and 18 - representing the 19% gap - will deliver a letter calling for a change in policy to CBI leaders.

The girls will wear T shirts bearing the slogan: We won't wait a life time for equal pay.

Child care

The union warns the pay gap will take 40 years to close unless audits become compulsory, as employers do not bother to do them otherwise.

But the CBI is argued such a move would be another bureaucratic imposition.

A CBI spokesman said reviews would also add substantially to businesses costs.

"What would address the pay gap is to make it easier for women to get into higher paid sectors - by providing better affordable child care, for example," he said.


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