Equality bodies are mandated by EU gender equality legislation to ensure the promotion, analysis, monitoring and support of equal treatment of all persons without discrimination on the ground of sex in matters of employment and occupation. As part of their work, the practical implementation of the principle of equal pay for equal work and work of equal value is central. Their experience on the ground at national level confirms that, notwithstanding a long presence of the principle in EU and national legislation, equal pay in practice is still to be achieved.
Some lessons learnt emerged from the activities presented. They include possible ways forward for equality bodies in:
Possible ways forward for national policy makers include the importance of ensuring a comprehensive legal framework including:
Possible ways forward for European level policy makers include:
The support to strong, independent and effective equality bodies in their provision of information, creation of tools and methodologies, access to key information, interaction with societal stakeholders such as social partners and networking with equality bodies in other countries is another key and necessary contribution to ensuring equal pay.
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