Father Christmas joins Sheffield women for equal pay protest

Posted by Scott Rogers
Tuesday 19 December 2023
GMB Trade Union - Father Christmas joins Sheffield women for equal pay protest

All we want for Christmas is equal pay

Where: Sheffield Town Hall, Pinstone St, Sheffield S1 2HH ·

When: Wednesday, 20 December 2023 from 11.30am

Contact: Kat Fletcher on 07966453808  

Father Christmas will join council workers in Sheffield in a festive protest calling on the council to tackle an equal pay claim which means some women could be missing out on £11,000 a year.

Dozens of women will sign a giant Christmas card to Sheffield councillors describing what equal pay would mean for them and their families this Christmas.

The group – joined by GMB General Secretary Gary Smith and Sheffield Hallam MP Olivia Blake - will hang baubles on the Town Hall Christmas tree and hand out equal pay chocolate coins to Sheffield shoppers.

In September, women council workers launched an equal pay campaign against Sheffield City Council’s job allocation scheme, which GMB research suggests is underpaying women by up to £11,000 a year.

Summer Risebury, GMB Organiser, said:

"Sheffield women working for the council are being underpaid by up to £11,000 a year.

“It’s a disgrace. No wonder thousands of women have contacted GMB to join the fight for fair pay.

“Just think about what equal pay means for those women: it means Christmas presents, more time to spend with their families and finally being able to give up hours and hours of overtime.

"On Wednesday, we will take our demands straight to the Town Hall.

“All we want for Christmas is equal pay.”

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