On today’s European Equal Pay Day, industriAll Europe repeats its call for equal pay for all. A symbolic day, when women workers in Europe effectively start working for free with respect to their male colleagues: the gender pay gap currently stands at 16% and it turns into a dramatic 35% pension gap in retirement.

Judith Kirton-Darling, industriAll Europe Deputy General Secretary: “We were very happy when Ursula von der Leyen promised binding pay transparency measures for the first hundred days of her office. We are sad to see that she hasn’t delivered.” It is clear that transparency can only be the first step. “Knowledge about inequality must be followed by means to eliminate it. It is a disgrace that Europe is still far from that.

IndustriAll Europe fully supports the ETUC’s campaign for Gender Pay Transparency and welcomes the trade union proposal for a directive:

Contact: Andrea Husen-Bradley (press and communication), Maike Niggemann (policy adviser)