France -Union criticizes lack of government initiatives on gender equality -March 01, 2012

In reaction to a Parliamentary report on gender equality in the civil service, FO Fonctionnaires civil service federation has called for action to deal with gender inequality in the public sector and in particular the very low percentage of women in senior positions. The federation wants negotiations with the government on direct and indirect discrimination in pay, child care, the reconciliation of family life with higher positions, and gender sensitive recruitment and training practices. It points out that while women make up 60% of the public sector workforce they account for only 22.2% of managerial staff and just 10.8% of the most senior appointments. The union has criticised the government for failing to come up with concrete legal and financial proposals to tackle the issue.




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