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FT journalists could strike over gender pay gap

July 31, 2017

Posted by Chris Roush

FT logoFinancial Times’ journalists could strike over the gender pay gap at the newspaper that shows that female journalists are being paid 13 percent less than male colleagues, reports Beth Rigby of Sky News.

Rigby reports, “Sky News has learnt the FT’s union has called a meeting on Wednesday after concluding senior managers were not taking the lack of pay parity and pay transparency at the newspaper ‘seriously enough.’

“‘The gender pay gap in FT Editorial is nearly 13% – the biggest shortfall in a decade – and the company’s ‘ambition’ to reach equality by 2022 is worse than the BBC’s present target of 2020,’ said Steve Bird, father of the FT’s National Union of Journalists chapel, in an email to 600 staff.

“‘Working for a private company where even the salaries of the editor and CEO are not disclosed does not inspire confidence in the FT’s commitment to transparency.

“‘And recent corporate statements seem more concerned about the commercial implications of gender bias than bringing women’s salaries into line with those of male counterparts.”

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