Wednesday 19 September 2018

Fiddling with the stats won't solve gender pay-gap issues

Tackling pay inequality grabs the headlines, but it may be the wrong way to fight for equality, writes Eilis O'Hanlon

REGRETS? Sharon Ni Bheolain revealed last year that she was paid significantly less than her RTE ‘Six-One News’ co-anchor Bryan Dobson. She has since moved to presenting the ‘Nine O’Clock News’, but does not regret causing the controversy: ‘My only regret is that I didn’t speak to Dobbo beforehand,’ she said. ‘He was in the States on holiday but I should have tried to get hold of him.’
REGRETS? Sharon Ni Bheolain revealed last year that she was paid significantly less than her RTE ‘Six-One News’ co-anchor Bryan Dobson. She has since moved to presenting the ‘Nine O’Clock News’, but does not regret causing the controversy: ‘My only regret is that I didn’t speak to Dobbo beforehand,’ she said. ‘He was in the States on holiday but I should have tried to get hold of him.’

Eilis O'Hanlon

It's been six months since the row about the gap between male and female pay at the BBC first hit the headlines, and four months since Sharon Ni Bheolain revealed that she was being paid substantially less than her old Six One News co-host Bryan Dobson.

The Government's response has finally arrived in the shape of… a symposium.

It took place last week in Dublin's Iveagh House, and gathered together policy makers, trade unionists, business leaders, academics and others.

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