AN “equal pay” union chief has been accused of hypocrisy — as her female workers earn less than the blokes.
Frances O’Grady demanded action as the gender pay gap is more than five per cent at her Trades Union Congress.
Figures show there was no gap two years ago at the TUC — but women now earn 94p for every £1 men earn.
She issued a rallying call as firms were doing “nowhere near enough” to bring equality to the workplace.
TUC general secretary O’Grady’s pay grew last year by £18,000 bringing her total benefits package to £175,000.
But she hit out at City bosses last year for paying themselves “salaries that look like telephone numbers” as workers suffer major pay squeezes.
Ten thousand firms with 250 or more employees are required by the government to release details on the difference between what they pay men and women.
It comes as the gap has grown or stayed the same at more than half of companies.
Other unions also have wide gender pay gaps, figures show.
Unite the Union, whose chief is “Red” Len McCluskey, sees women earn 28 per cent less. Women working at Unison get 85p for every £1 men earn.
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Analysis by the Gender Pay Gap Service shows that at GMB women get 69p for every £1 men earn. And teachers’ union the NASUWT says its women earn a third lower.
One Tory MP accused unions of “hypocrisy and double standards on pay”.
The TUC said it had “robust measures” to ensure low pay gaps and will continue to monitor them.
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