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Germany plans more transparency over gender pay

The German government has approved new legislation aimed at obliging companies to be more transparent about salaries paid to male and female employees.

Why are they doing this?

The aim is to tackle the gender pay gap.

What are the new rules?

Workers in companies with more than 200 employees will have the right to know what men and women in equal positions are earning.

Businesses with more than 500 staff members will also have to publish regular updates on salary structures to show they are complying with rules on equal pay.

The bill will still have to be voted on by parliament.

The stats

Women in Germany earn an estimated 21% less than men, according to official figures.

This is worse than the European average of 16.5%, according to data from 2015.

Why is there such a discrepancy?

The thinking is that women in Germany tend to work more often in low-paid jobs or sectors, or only part-time.

The pay gap stands at 7% for women with the same qualifications doing the same work as a male colleague.

What they are saying

“We have to break the taboo that you don’t talk about money, because we want to make sure that men and women aren’t played off against each other when it comes to wages,” – Women’s Affairs Minister Manuela Schwesig says the law is a “real breakthrough”.



Added: Jan-11-2017 
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  • The "pay gap" is a lie.

    If anything, women get paid MORE per unit of work done.

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    • @Nor_Cal_Grown 

      a) yes
      b) no

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    • @Nor_Cal_Grown 

      Gotta make up for hourly smoke and toilet breaks, as well as the obligatory gossip stops with each excursion. And then there's time spent on facebook.. if we paid them for actual work done they'd earn almost nothing at all.

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  • Yeh because that's Germany's main problem at the minute!!!!

    So are men now allowed to come in at 9.15 after dropping the kids off and leave early to pick them up, Then call in sick 4 days a month with no explanation other than "MENS PROBLEMS"..... No.... Thought not, Fuck off with your marxist bollox

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  • If the wage gap was real...



    companies would only hire women.

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  • If companies could actually save money by hiring women and paying them less, why would anyone ever hire a man?

    The gender pay gap is a collection of bullshit that confuses cause and effect.

    Want women to make more money? Get more women in high-paying jobs and get them to stop having periods or children. Women miss more work than men on average. Unless you're salaried, which most people aren't, you don't get paid for not working.

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  • Good - the girls in my local brothel earn far more than the guy sat at the desk. Equal pay I say !!

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  • Germany have more pressing issues than gender pay-this is nothing more than papering over the cracks in hope of being in power 12 months from now.

    they'll promise the earth then deliver you a shovel full of shit.

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  • Cultural marxism imposed onto you by jews.

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  • more rules more regulations .

    higher prices , les competitive , more bankruptcies .

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  • How about more transparency about the people that are invading your country?

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  • If that's the case, then companies should have to publish productivity information for employees in the same position. You can't just make it about pay rate.

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  • Feminazis spreading myths again...

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  • More liberal drivel that will culminate in imposed and unfair equalization of earnings, which wouldn't be an issue if women would put in the same amount of work men do.
    More "socialism" - read marxism - is on the way, devaluing workers motivation that will translate in less productive members of society and than more "socialism" will be needed to "fix" the economy by seeking to get in control of every aspect of the economy.
    Everyone that lived in a ex-communist co More..

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  • If an employer could hire women for less money, they would hire nothing button women. That's how free market capitalism works. It's the same with race. No CEO is going to say to themselves, "I'm going to shit-can billions of dollars so I can hire nothing but expensive American white guys.". No, they want the cheap non-white foreigners.

    I've heard many times over that "statistics" show women in American get paid less than men. I've looked everywhere for these "sta More..

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  • Oh, because affirmative action brought so much progress in US.
    Another move by some professional politicians, who never worked in the real world. They try to regulate the free market.
    Ehm, someone else tried this and it ended in tears and retarded development.
    But the morons never learn.

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  • Oh, by the way, the women are getting extra retirement payments if the have children.
    Why aren't the male parents getting the same amount of extra payment?!?!
    Where is the equality now?

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  • Who wants to bet there is no "men's affairs" minister. You want equality, fine. End affirmative action and label the NAACP, La Rasa, etc as hate groups.

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  • Until a few years ago women retired and collected state pension at 60 in the U.K. Whilst men was 65....go figure

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  • this is not a pressing matter. The crisis that faces Germany involves the future of the German nation. Patriots need to adopt the tactics of Anders Breivik and hunt down and EXPUNGE all migrant terrorists that infest their country, as well as the traitors that support them
    GERMAN NATIONALIST ARMY

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    • @alechidell Populations in Africa are rising exponentially(like normal populations do) and will rise significantly in the next 50 years, some researchers are even saying that there might be a trillion refugees in 100 years from now on. This is not something that can be solved easily, especially not under the political correct umbrella.

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    • @honeyball_lecter a trillion? Earth could only support 15 billion humans if they lived in hives and ate insect extract and drank filtered sewage water.

      Overpopulation ALREADY is the mechanism that provides the drive for each crisis that faces humanity. Economically, politically, and environmentally

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    • @alechidell Sorry? I think I mean't billion.
      So if we assume that they will have smaller families the day they reach a certain standard of living.. then we know that Europe created a problem with colonialism.

      Even single nations like Niger will have a total population of 1 billion in 100 years, according to the UN. Not that they aren't worthy of living, but this will be a problem nevertheless - for everybody.

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    • @honeyball_lecter Niger's population has long ago passed the carrying capacity of its land; and environmental degradation and desertification is increasing. It already survives on UN and WHO support. Plus it uses immigration to act as a pressure release valve.
      The new World will see a restriction on African migration to Europe and America, therefore forcing Niger's government to use drastic measures to cull their numbers.
      Or the West can do nothing and slowly watch its cities degrade and rese More..

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  • Germany is strong on Gender equality.

    To not disadvantage women, government or administrative positions are now assigned preferably to women even if they are less qualified than a male contender for the job.

    Equality.

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