Denmark - Union puts gender equality into focus - October 21, 2009

HK (National Union of Commercial and Clerical Employees), Denmark's largest trade union, has started a comprehensive campaign to push parliament into making laws enforcing equal pay and rights for women in the workplace. Unless the existing legal framework, according to HK the gender pay gap is nearly 18%. Says HK president, Kim Simonsen, "It's embarrassing that the difference between men's and women's salaries is so large." The cause for equal pay received a boost earlier this month, when the Supreme Court ruled in favour of a female sales consultant who found she was earning 7,500 Danish crowns (Euro 1,010) a month less than her male colleagues. After a 10-year court battle, the woman finally won her case and was awarded back pay compensation.




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