Equal pay signifies that men and women ought to obtain equal remuneration for work of equal worth. The worldwide gender pay hole is estimated at 23%. It signifies that ladies earn on common 77% of what males earn.
Journalism isn’t any exception to that injustice. The gender pay hole just isn’t linked to ladies being much less certified however moderately to their entry to extremely paid positions being restricted.
In January 2020, BBC presenter and member of IFJ afffiliate, the Nationwide Union of Journalists (NUJ), Samira Ahmed received a landmark equal pay victory in opposition to the BBC for being paid six instances lower than her male counterpart.
Obstacles to equal pay additionally embrace the dearth of shared parenting accountability and the truth that too few collective agreements have been adopted with stable provisions on decreasing pay inequalities between men and women and balancing work and household life.
As well as, ladies have been disproportionately affected by the present Covid-19 disaster which is exacerbating the gender inequalities that existed earlier than. Many makes an attempt to attain equal pay, both by laws or in negotiations have been frozen.
For a lot of journalists unions the absence of gender disaggregated information and pay transparency in media are main boundaries to bargaining to scale back pay inequalities.
“We’d like concrete pay audits in newsrooms to assist shut the gender pay hole”, stated IFJ Gender Council Chair Maria Angeles Samperio. “Too few media corporations present for full transparency concerning pay and bonuses and it’s our job as unions to carry them to account and disclose wages to guage whether or not all media staff, no matter their gender, obtain equal remuneration for work of equal worth”.
The IFJ is launching a worldwide survey along with Wageindicator to doc the gender pay hole at a nationwide stage and help its associates of their name for equal pay. This survey can be utilized by particular person journalists to check their very own wage to these within the occupation holding related positions.
“This survey goes to assist our associates combat for equal pay and alternatives”, stated IFJ President Younes Mjahed. “Lodging a grievance in opposition to one’s employer for unfair cost or discrimination requires braveness and we should ensure that unions are absolutely outfitted and structured to help their members on this job”.
Different measures to shut the gender pay hole in journalism embrace the event of family-friendly workplaces, legislative change to enhance pay transparency, for instance, by firm stage pay audits, pay surveys, equality plans and earnings stories.
To help its marketing campaign IFJ calls on members to share tales of equal pay wins on social media utilizing #PayMeEqual.
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