The Covid Crisis Raised The Gender Wage Gap To The Level Eight Years Ago
2021-02-18 | by CusiGO
CSIF and UGT released two reports on Thursday, showing that the crisis triggered by coronavirus is widening the gender wage gap in the labor market. Figures compiled by the Trade Union Central Committee show that women are disadvantaged both in terms of wages and working conditions. With the advent of covid-19, the damage has widened and some comparative indices have recovered nearly a decade ago, the Union reported.
According to the latest general government remittance statistics, the CSIF reports that the wage gap between men and women is currently 23%, which dates back to the record in 2013. The Union has increased the data provided by the Inland Revenue Department for 2019 (22%) by one percentage point. It is estimated that although the average annual wage for men in 2019 is 22875 euros, the average annual wage for women is 17927 euros (- 4948 euros). However, the 22% gap is the number that has existed for the past six years.
“We want to send a message to the ruling party: enough discussion, we need a political and social agreement that society needs to close the wage gap. EVA fern á ndez, Secretary for equality at CSIF, said: “equality policy should not be used as an exchange currency.”. “What they promised has not been achieved, and we hope to have a dedicated department to achieve this goal, and the progress is uneven,” he added.
The Union also referred to the recent work of the International Labour Organization (ILO), which warned in its world wages report 2020-2021 that Spanish women’s wages had fallen to 14.9 per cent from 11.3 per cent in the second half of 2020. Take into account unemployment and the reduction in working hours.
According to the latest results of the labor force survey, Fernandez also reported that compared with 2019, the number of women signing temporary contracts by 2020 has increased: 2081700 to 1919000 (+ 162700); Compared with 2185100 men and 212800 women a year ago (+ 27700). CSIF also reported that in the past year, the number of women working part-time was three times that of men: 2081700, compared with 717400.
UGT was calculated as Rosetta stone using the official sex classification data published by ine (the latest update date is 2018). According to these records, the wage gap was 21.41% in the current year. In terms of the wage gap, women’s wages were 5726 euros lower than men’s. “Companies saved 44 billion euros in wages, accounting for 3.7% of GDP in 2018,” said Cristina antonazas, UGT’s deputy secretary general Similarly, it criticizes – always based on 2018 data – that it is mainly women who receive an interdisciplinary minimum wage (69%), which was 735.9 euros at the time.
“Businesses must comply with the status of workers as required by law, which will reduce the gap,” said antonianzas, recalling that Royal Decree No. 902 / 2020 of October 13, which provides for equal pay for men and women for equal work, will come into effect on April 14, “All companies have to abide by this, no matter how many workers they have.” It sets out the transparency obligations of enterprises and provides equal remuneration for work of equal value without gender discrimination, and makes appropriate assessment of the work. “It’s a way for us to see what the company is doing and stop it,” the UGT representative stressed.
Next Monday, February 22, is the international day of equal pay for equal work for men and women. On this day, trade unions will demand that workers be paid equally for work regardless of gender. Given the latest data from the National Bureau of Statistics (INE), the tax bureau and the Ministry of social security, this reality still exists.