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Boris Johnson to be pressed on gender pay inequality

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Local Government and also in Communities, Finance

Boris Johnson to be pressed on gender equality Boris Johnson to be pressed on gender equality

The mayor of London is set to be tackled over his "failure to address" inequality in London’s labour market.

Fiona Twycross, London Assembly Labour Group economy spokesperson, will use today’s mayor’s question time to press Boris Johnson on his efforts to reduce inequality in the capital between men and women, and workers on zero hour contracts versus those employed on conventional contracts.

The most recent figures from the Office for National Statistics showed that the number of women claiming jobseeker’s allowance in London is 43% more than it was at the time of Lehman Brothers’ collapse in September 2008. Conversely, the claimant count among men is currently 2% lower.

The mayor will be asked to "identify and understand" the scale of the problem of zero-hours contracts in London and to do more to tackle female unemployment.

Fiona Twycross will argue that the jobs market is not working for many Londoners, with inequality and insecurity preventing many from fulfilling their potential and holding back the capital's economy.

Fiona Twycross said: “Under this mayor we’re seeing a vicious combination of gender inequality, unequal pay, zero-hours contracts and a voluntary approach to paying the London Living Wage. This is not just bad for the individuals affected, it is holding back London’s economic development and productivity.

“It’s a scandal that in the twenty-first century, in one of the most developed cities in the world, a woman gets paid on average 15% less than a man in the same job. Boris must support genuine reform of what is currently an exploitative labour market.

"As well as pursuing greater equality between women and men, the mayor needs to outline a strategy for understanding the scale of the problem of zero-hours contracts and how to adequately deal with this phenomenon.”

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