Aussie women facing 26-year wait for equal pay: report

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CANBERRA, March 26 (Xinhua) — A report from the Australian government has found that it will take a quarter of a century for women to earn as much as their male colleagues.

According to the report, which was published by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) and the Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre on Thursday, the total remuneration gender pay gap has fallen from 24.7 percent to 20.1 percent since 2014 but is likely to take another 26 years to close completely.

Libby Lyons, the director of the WGEA, said that the findings highlighted the need for action to improve equality outcomes.

“This report reveals a worrying level of apathy and indifference among many Australian employers towards improving gender equality outcomes in their organizations,” she said in a media release.

“Expecting Australian women to wait a quarter of a century for the total remuneration gender pay gap to close is unacceptable. It may well take longer if employer inertia and complacency lead to a reversal of current trends.”

“Employers must act now to embed gender equality in their organizations as a standard business practice.”

“Not only will it drive better company performance, productivity and profitability but it will also deliver meaningful, systemic change that will close the gender pay gap faster and make our workplaces better, fairer and safer for both women and men.”

The report found that organizations in the education and training, health care and social assistance sectors ranked lowest on average in terms of their approach to gender equity in the workplace.

It noted that more than half of organizations that report to the WGEA “still do not undertake a regular pay gap analysis.” Enditem

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