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Coalition government equality document receives lukewarm welcome

Industry bodies and equality groups have given a lukewarm welcome to the coalition government's commitment to workplace equality in its policy agreement.

The equality section of the document includes measures to promote equal pay, extend the right to request flexible working to all employees, undertake a public sector pay review to prevent highest paid earning more than 20 times the salary of the lowest paid, and promote gender equality in the boardroom of listed companies.

Daisy Sands, policy and campaigns officer at campaign group Fawcett Society, said: "When it comes to equality between men and women, the coalition agreement name checks several of the key issues – for example, equal pay – but fails to commit to taking real action. While we welcome support for achieving greater gender balance on executive boards and a fairer division of parenting responsibilities between men and women, the agreement is preciously light on detail."

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May 24, 2010

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