Raising minimum wage reduces gender inequality - Workers' union

By TPN/Lusa, in News · 06-03-2019 06:46:00 · 0 Comments
Raising minimum wage reduces gender inequality - Workers' union

The secretary general of Portugal's largest trade union federation, the Communist party backed CGTP, said in the northern city of Coimbra that raising the minimum wage and levelling out relative differences in real wages was more important than guaranteeing a higher percentage of women on boards of directors.

Arménio Carlos said the government could have reduced inequality between men and women if it had agreed to CGTP's proposal of raising the minimum wage to €650.

Inequality between men and women would have been reduced by 1.6 percentage points if the minimum salary had been increased to €650, he told Lusa during an action under the Week of Equality programme, which kicked off on Monday and ends on Friday.

He pointed out that 27% of women in Portugal were on the minimum national wage compared to 17% of men.


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