PRESS RELEASE BY THE MINISTRY FOR SOCIAL DIALOGUE, CONSUMER AFFAIRS AND CIVIL LIBERTIES: The Maltese government supports PES Women’s call for concrete actions to bring to an end the gender pay gap

Minister for Social Dialogue, Consumer Affairs and Civil Liberties Helena Dalli met PES Women President Zita Gurmai.

Both sides discussed the issue of the gender pay gap which PES Women has been campaigning about for years.

Zita Gurmai argued that despite long-standing legislation at European and national levels, the pay gap between women and men is 16.7% on average across the European Union. PES Women are calling for concrete actions to close this gender gap.

Minister Dalli said that the Maltese government supports this effort as, even though Malta has a comparatively narrow gender pay gap, the more women enter the labour market, the higher the probability of this gap widening.

The National Commission for the Promotion of Equality reiterates the need to ensure that women have the opportunity not only to remain and return to the labour market but also to work on a full-time basis with the possibility of progressing in their career. Addressing the horizontal and vertical segregation of the labour market will also influence positively the gender pay gap.

The meeting was also attended by NL President Claudette Abela Baldacchino and NL Executive Nikita Zammit Alamango.

PES Women is the organisation within PES that promotes gender equality and women’s representation. Last month it launched the 2017 Equal Pay Day campaign with a short film.

Source: Government of Malta