Labour’s Late Pay Gap Report Shows 5.01% Swing in Favour of Men

After missing the extended deadline by a whole month, the Labour Party has finally published its gender pay gap report for 2020. It shows women now earn 98p for every £1 earned by men – a median gap of 1.84%, compared to -2.67% in 2019 when women earned 3p more per hour than their male colleagues. This might explain why the party was so reluctant to hand over the report…

The party also released an accompanying document that acknowledges the figures, and admits they must “ensure we consistently maintain pay equality across the Labour Party over the coming years.” The report is coy about explaining that whereas women were previously paid on average 4.68% more than men, they now have a mean pay gap of 0.33% less than men, a swing of 5.01% in relative pay in favour of men. They also claim – in big, bold text – that the Labour Party “is committed to transparency“. A brave move considering how long it took them to publish all this.

To be fair, women working at CCHQ also earn 2% less than the men, so they really shouldn’t have been so coy about it. At least the Tories submitted their homework on time… 

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28% of Men Believe the BBC Doesn’t Effectively Reflect “People Like Them”

According to the BBC’s annual report, over a quarter of men (28%) believe that the BBC doesn’t effectively reflect “people like them”. A fifth of women (20%) believe the BBC does not reflect them either. Which means some 15 million adults are forced to pay for something that they do not believes reflects them. Guido suspects the appointment of left-wing Brammar as head of BBC News would only exacerbate this problem… 

Simultaneously, the report claims that 75% of men and 80% of women think that the BBC is “effective at providing content/ services that set a high standard for quality” and that almost 100% of UK based adults use the BBC every month. If that is the case the BBC should believe in itself, as well as the research it commissions, and embrace a subscription model…

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Iran to Chair UN’s Women’s Rights Commission

The UN’s Economic and Social Council has elected Iran to a 4-year term leading the Commission on the Status of Women (CSR), a group which describes itself as “the principal global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women”, and claims it is “instrumental in promoting women’s rights”An inspired choice then, given Iran jails its own citizens for speaking out on the subject, and domestic violence is yet to be criminalised. 

Perhaps the most baffling thing about this is that, as human rights group UN Watch points out, at least four of the fifteen Western democracies on the Council would have voted for Iran. That’s a list that includes Australia, Austria, Canada, Finland, France, Latvia, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, the UK, and the US. Naturally, the ballots are kept secret…

The UN’s own Secretary-General even released a report last year investigating Iran’s record on human rights, writing:

“The overall situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran remains of serious concern, owing to persistent and gross human rights violations […]The application of the death penalty, including for child offenders, remains high […] OHCHR also received reports of torture and large-scale arbitrary detention, as well as persistent discrimination against women, girls and minorities.”

For a long time there has been talk of forming an alternative Union of Free Democracies from all corners of the world as a forum. The sooner the better…

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Acronym Agro-Fem

Amusing tweet from the Chair of the Women and Equalities Select Committee…

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Julia Hartley-Brewer Skewers BBC Over Gender Quota

A very pleasing dig at the BBC’s new gender quota for TV guests from Julia Hartley-Brewer on Marr this morning. Julia, who was discussing the gender pay gap story on the sofa alongside Polly Toynbee, said:

“I know obviously that we are making up the gender quota for expert commentators for the BBC today. Nice to be invited for that and not for actually our views but there we are…”

No comeback from Marr…

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Hundreds of Women Plan Mass Resignation from Labour Over Trans Ruling

Hundreds of Labour women are planning to cut up their membership cards as the party moves to formalise its policy of allowing transgender people onto all-women shortlists. The NEC’s equalities subcommittee yesterday approved a draft statement on the issue which sparked bitter division among the party’s activists. The measure will now go before the full NEC, where it is expected to be passed. It reads:

“The Labour Party continues to have an inclusive definition of women. In line with the Party’s policy on the Gender Recognition Act, All Women Shortlists and women’s reserved places are open to self-defining women.”

Labour has been allowing gender self-defined candidates onto all-women shortlists for some time – this just puts it in the rulebook. Controversially, the ruling could be used to allow transgender women to join the party’s internal women-only groups and programmes, for example, the influential women’s bloc in the PLP, women’s conference, and access training provided by the Labour Women’s Network and Jo Cox Women in Leadership. Top Shadow Cabinet Corbynistas including Dawn Butler are backing the move. It has outraged many feminists who have long felt at home in the Labour Party…

A crowdfunded campaign, keep all women shortlists female, has so far raised more than £25,000 to combat the proposal. Meanwhile, several Labour activists are threatening to take legal action. One group has written:

“Our solicitors have, today, sent our pre-action protocol and submissions letter to the Labour Party in respect of the definition of ‘woman’ for protected positions and all-women shortlists.”

Meanwhile a campaign group called Mayday4Women says hundreds of Labour women will leave the party in a coordinated protest. All of this puts Corbyn in a difficult position. In January he said:

“The position of the party is that where you have self-identified as a woman, then you are treated as a woman”

On those who oppose this, Corbyn said he would “talk to them and see if we can find some way forward.” He hasn’t…

See also: Labour Suspend Campaigner to Keep All Women Shortlists Real Over “Women Don’t Have Dicks” Tweet

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