Aileen McColgan

in Just Wages for Women

Published in print October 1997 | ISBN: 9780198265887
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191682995 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Monographs on Labour Law


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This chapter discusses ways to address the gender-pay gap. It outlines a three-pronged approach to respond to the gender-pay gap in particular and, more generally, to the problem of serious and increasing levels of inequality in the labour market. The first step towards tackling the gender-pay gap must consist of improving the lot of the most disadvantaged, male and female, by means of a minimum wage. The second issue which needs to be considered, in relation to the matter of a national minimum wage, is that of enforcement. Finally, the role of ‘equal pay’ legislation must be considered.

Keywords: gender-pay gap; wage discrimination; equal pay legislation; minimum wage; labour market

Chapter.  10549 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Company and Commercial Law

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