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Gender Inequality Theresa May leads a government that ‘puts women last’

At TUC women's conference Frances O'Grady used her keynote speech to highlight how the Prime Minister has failed women workers

THERESA MAY was accused today of presiding over a "government led by a woman that puts women last." 

In her keynote address at TUC women's conference, general secretary Frances O'Grady highlighted how the Prime Minister has failed women workers.

She said: "Year after year, (the government) refuses to give public sector workers, most of them women, that most basic of rewards for hard work — a decent pay rise.

"But trade union women keep on pushing back.

"We’ve campaigned for a woman’s right to choose in Ireland and Poland and we’re ready to defend it here in the UK too.

"We've said a big ‘no’ to sexist dress codes. Whether to wear high heels should be a choice women make, not their bosses.

"And women have been at the heart of our continuing campaign against that nasty, undemocratic, freedom-denying Trade Union Act."

Setting the three TUC priorities for the year ahead, Ms O'Grady vowed to make sure working people do not pay the price of Brexit, to secure a new deal for women workers and to end violence against women.

"Britain must not become a Sports Direct sweatshop of Europe," she stated. "That would be bad for workers here.

"So our red line for Brexit negotiations is safeguarding pay, jobs and rights — rights which millions of workers, in particular women, depend on.

"Maternity and parental rights which make family life easier. Equal pay protections. And the right to paid holidays."

Ms O'Grady explained that a new deal for women workers would involve tackling the root causes of inequality, including the gender pay gap, and zero hours, casual and low-paid self-employment.

On ending violence against women, she said: "Nearly three million women a year in this country suffer violence.

"There is a president in the Kremlin who has decriminalised domestic violence.

"And a president in the White House who has boasted about sexually assaulting women.”

She said the TUC had added its voice to the European TUC call for safety at home and safety at work.

"We campaigned against cuts to women’s refuges and we exposed the shocking scale of sexual harassment in the workplace.

"Too many women are being subjected to sexual bullying at home, at work and on social media.

"But the truth is that men who bully women are afraid of us and we must face them down.

"Showing that our values — dignity, equality, tolerance — will always win through."

 

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