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Parity of Greed

by Monkles

23 July 2017

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Should BBC women be paid more,

or should  BBC men be paid less?

Remains an open question.
#BBCBias #EmploymentLaw #GenderPolitics

Of course we should all have fair and equitable wages and who would say otherwise. Jeremy Vine defended his pay award in terms of what he called a "market place," but when did a  "market place" ever improve disparity in employment pay and conditions between public services workers, nurses, firemen and yes, BBC presenters, whether male or female.

 

Has Chris Evans become the yardstick of BBC pay?

 

The open letter by the BBC women presenters (reproduced below), made it clear that they wanted parity with the men who received more pay than them, and that they wished to speak privately with the Director General, "Tony", to discuss how that might be achieved.

 

A spokeswoman for the signatories of the letter said in an interview that the women did not want the BBC men to have their wages cut in order to achieve the gender parity of pay, so it is hard to not conclude that the women want the opposite, to have their pay increased.

 

I am prepared to believe the angry spokeswoman may have spoken out of turn and that the BBC women journalists who signed the letter are not seeking a Parity of Greed, but that remains an open question.

 

Andrew Marr has said that all of them at the BBC are humbled by these disclosures.

 

We shall see if they all end up with no disparity with all other public services workers, male or female.

Should BBC women be paid more,

or should  BBC men be paid less?

Remains an open question.
#BBCBias #EmploymentLaw #GenderPolitics

22 July 2017 • 10:00pm

 

Dear Tony,

 

The pay details released in the Annual report showed what many of us have suspected for many years...that women at the BBC are being paid less than men for the same work.

 

Compared to many women and men,  we are very well compensated and fortunate. However, this is an age of equality and the BBC is an organisation that prides itself on its values.

 

You have said that you will "sort" the gender pay gap by 2020, but the BBC has known about the pay disparity for years. We all want to go on the record to call upon you to act now.

 

Beyond the list, there are so  many other areas including production, engineering and support services and global, regional and local media where a pay gap has languished for too long.

 

This is an opportunity for those of us with strong and loud voices to use them on behalf of all, and for an organisation that had to be pushed into transparency to do the right thing.

 

We would be willing to meet you to discuss ways in which you can correct this disparity so that future generations of women do not face this kind of discrimination.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Aasmah Mir

Katya Adler

Anita Anand

Wendy Austin

Samira Ahmed

Clare Balding

Emma Barnett

Zeinab Badawi

Sue Barker

Rachel Burden

Annabel Croft

Martine Croxall

Victoria Derbyshire

Lyse Doucet

Jane Garvey

Joanna Gosling  

Fi Glover

Carrie Gracie

Orla Guerin

Karin Giannone

Mishal Husain

Lucy Hockings

Geeta Guru-murthy

Kirsty Lang

Gabby Logan

Martha kearney

Carolyn Quinn

Kasia Madera

Katty Kay

Emily Maitlis

Louise Minchin

Sarah Montague

Jenni Murray

Annita Mc Veigh

Elaine Paige

Sally Nugent

Angela Rippon

Ritula Shah

Sarah Smith

Kate Silverton

Charlotte Smith

Kirsty Wark

Fiona Bruce

Alex Jones

Should BBC women be paid more,

or should  BBC men be paid less?

Remains an open question.
#BBCBias #EmploymentLaw #GenderPolitics

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