Britain must address gender pay gap – opposition leader Corbyn

Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 12:38 GMT, Jul 23, 2017 |

Gender pay gap in Britain was a “serious” area of discrimination in the country, opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said on Sunday (July 23).

His comments came after the BBC published the salaries of its highest earners, revealing a wide gap between what it pays its top male and female star presenters.

Corbyn was speaking on the same day as some of the most high-profile female presenters at the BBC called on the head of Britain’s public broadcaster to “act now” to address the issue.

Its list of on-air employees earning at least 150,000 pounds ($195,555) numbered 96 people, two-thirds of them men, most earning more than women doing similar work.

The Labour Party leader also said employment agencies were employing European Union staff for less than a UK workers’ wage.

Corbyn told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show that he expected another general election after Prime Minister Theresa May struck a one-billion-pound deal with the DUP party to support her minority government.