Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Female stars call on BBC to ‘act now’ to end gender pay row - CIPD

by Hayley Kirton  
Originally published: July 24, 2017
Publisher: CIPD.co.uk

HR professionals urged to keep an eye on their organisation’s pay differentials or ‘face backlash’

A group of female BBC staff, including some of the broadcaster’s most recognisable stars, have called on the organisation to “act now” to fix gender pay discrepancies.

In an open letter published over the weekend, more than 40 women, including broadcasters Clare Balding, Victoria Derbyshire and Fiona Bruce, told director general Lord Tony Hall they would be willing to meet with him to “discuss [the] ways in which you can correct this disparity so that future generations of women do not face this kind of discrimination”.

Although Hall had already pledged to close the organisation’s gender pay gap by 2020, the women said the BBC must have “known about the pay disparity for years” and have called for more immediate action.