WOMEN “SHOULD PLAY CENTRAL ROLE IN ACHIEVING INDEPENDENCE”
Saturday, 09 March 2013 22:20
NEW FIGURES SHOW UK FAILING WOMEN ON JOB SECURITY & PAY
On International Women’s Day, MP Eilidh Whiteford has called on women in Scotland to play a central role in achieving independence as new figures show women in the UK have lower job security, greater pay inequality and are less likely to be in work compared to women in other OECD countries.
Dr Eilidh Whiteford MP said:
“On International Women’s Day especially, these new figures from PriceWaterHouseCoopers (PwC) are very sobering.
“In Scotland, we can take stock of what has been achieved for women so far. The small business bonus has benefited women entrepreneurs, and there is increased childcare support for parents returning to study. Vaccinations have been introduced for cervical cancer, prescription charges have been abolished and there are increasing screening services for breast cancer.
“Yet there is still so much more we could achieve, with the full powers of independence. Westminster isn’t working for women- 37 years after the Equal Pay Act, women earn on average £5, 600 a year less than men. Policies such as the Bedroom Tax deeply affect women who carry out the majority of caring responsibilities.
“The UK is also one of the most unequal countries in the developed world, where the poorest face the consequences of Tory austerity measures, and the rich become richer. Women, who make up the lowest earners in society, are hit the hardest.
“Women should make their voices heard in the debate. Independence will create opportunities for women to engage in developing a fully democratic vision for Scotland’s future -it is about having the powers to build a better future for Scotland- a fairer Scotland.”