Netherlands - Gender pay gap under fire - November 30, 2017

Trade union FNV criticised the wage gap between men and women on the Equal Pay Day. The union organised a debate with Dutch politicians and companies on the differences in salaries between male and female employees. According to the FNV, it is high time for companies and politicians to close the gender wage gap (currently 16.1%). A FNV-survey, among over a thousand of its members, showed that 96% of respondents do not find the differences in salaries between the genders reasonable. On Equal Pay Day women symbolically lay down their work on the day from which they start working for free. If you were to follow the principle of equal pay, women are therefore only paid for 84 percent of the year.

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