Sort of a step in the right direction from Australia, but FFS, the equal pay and equal opportunities thing has been around in most countries for the last 30-40 years, and yet we still only get paid about 80-85% of what men do? Thanks to MarySunshine for finding the article below:
Australia to introduce equality ‘spot checks’
Australia will send inspectors to conduct “spot checks” of businesses to ensure workplaces are treating women equally to men.
Officials from the Workplace Gender Equality Agency will check businesses employing more than 100 people to ensure there is no discrimination against women, particularly in areas such as salaries, working conditions and promotions. The Government will end all contracts with businesses that fail.
But the plan has met fierce resistance and was branded “totalitarian” by the opposition.
The debate followed a speech this week by the Governor General, Quentin Bryce, who made a rare foray into politics and called for quotas of women on company boards. Ms Bryce, the first woman to hold the position, said efforts to wind back “the old boys’ network” in boardrooms had been too slow.
But Julia Gillard, Australia’s first woman Prime Minister, said she was reluctant to impose mandatory quotas.
Speaking in Washington after an International Women’s Day function – where she sat on stage alongside Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton – Ms Gillard said the Government was committed to a non-compulsory target of 40 per cent.
“We are strenuously urging the private sector to act to get more women on to their boards,” she said.
“I view regulating as the last option. I want to see self-motivated change from Australian companies.”
But the Government has backed a plan to allow inspectors to ensure that businesses are promoting gender equality.
“There will be regular spot checks to ensure that the information that organisations are providing to the government actually matches how they conduct their day-to-day business,” said Kate Ellis, the Minister for the Status of Women.
Bronwyn Bishop, the Coalition’s spokesman on women, said the plan was “the sort of thing you would expect from a totalitarian regime”.
“But Julia Gillard, Australia’s first woman Prime Minister, said she was reluctant to impose mandatory quotas.”
I have to ask, why not mandatory quotas? The dudes, on a voluntarily basis, already under legislation for equal oppotunities for women, still fall dramatically short of any sort of equality for women, either in numbers in top management or payscale. Why are we still pussyfooting around this? We have given the dudes ample time to phase in equal numbers of female senior managers and to ensure equal pay (I mean, the equal pay thing, this requires an ACTIVE policy of discrimination to produce). How fucking patient are we meant to be?
Look how long we have been at this equal pay thing:
I had to insert this third picture, which I found here.
And this one, found here: