Companies forced to reveal gender pay gap - 47 years after Ford Dagenham strike

PUBLISHED: 12:03 12 February 2016 | UPDATED: 12:03 12 February 2016

Eileen Pullen, Sheila Douglass, Gwen Davis and Vera Syme

Eileen Pullen, Sheila Douglass, Gwen Davis and Vera Syme


Firms will be forced to reveal pay differences between male and female employees, it was announced this morning.

Companies which employ more than 250 employees will have to provide details of how much they pay staff on their websites.

The statistics will then be compiled in a league table, allowing them to be compared.

The move comes almost 48 years after sewing machinists went on strike at the Ford Dagenham plant over being paid less than their male colleagues.

Their actions triggered the passing of the Equal Pay Act in 1970.

Women’s minister Nicky Morgan said the league tables would help promote transparency in the workplace.

Companies will need to start calculating the pay gap from April 2017, a year before the first tables are published.

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