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A Labour councillor has highlighted the local disparity in pay between men and women in York on International Women’s Day.

International Women’s Day (IWD), held on 8th March, marked a celebration of the economic, social, cultural and political achievements of women.
 
Councillors on the council’s Economic Development and Transport (EDAT) Scrutiny Committee yesterday received local performance indicators on wages, including the gender pay gap.
 
Labour Councillor for Clifton, Danny Myers asked that City of York Council recognises the astonishing rise in the gender pay gap in the city over the past year and develops policies to reverse the trend.  Latest data shows the gap having risen from just over £85 gross weekly pay last year to women now earning over £120 less per week than men in York this year.
 
While the gender pay gap reflects overall earnings between women and men, in York the gap is much wider than the national gap of £100 gross weekly pay.
 
Cllr. Myers said:
 
'In 2011, the Gender Pay Gap in York was £53.90, now six years on the gap has more than doubled to £120.20, meaning that women earn significantly less than men in our city.
 
'We need to take a serious look at what is driving a low wage economy here in York more than other parts of the UK and act. These low wages disproportionately impact women.
 
'The Council has to look at the implications for women locally of both its own, as well as the Government’s decisions, and look to develop economic policies that stop the hammer falling on women’s take-home pay.'

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