Saturday, 29 December 2012

The Equal Pay Act of 1970

On this date 37 years ago the Equal Pay Act came into force. The Equal Pay Act of 1970 is an Act of the United Kingdom Parliament which banned any sexism between men and women in terms of pay and conditions of unemployment. It was passed by Parliament in the aftermath of the 1968 Ford sewing machinists strike and came into force on 29 December 1975. The term pay includes wages, holidays, pension rights, company perks and bonuses. The legislation has been amended on a number of recent occasions to incorporate a simplified approach under European Union law that is common to all member states.

The Equal Pay Act 1970 was repealed in 2010, but its substantive provisions were reproduced in the Equality Act 2010.

It is interesting to think that only 37 years ago women were still having to fight for equal rights, much as they still are in some countries today.