The aim of the Pay Transparency Directive is to strengthen the principle of equal pay for equal work or work of equal value between men and women through pay transparency and enforcement mechanisms. Although this fundamental right has long been enshrined in law, women in the EU still earn 14% less than their male colleagues do. Progress is barely discernible, despite numerous efforts, in particular because until now there have been no specific binding measures at EU level.

Since pay transparency is an important measure to combat the gender pay gap, AK welcomes this initiative at EU level and the aim of this proposed directive. However, AK is of the opinion that the proposed directive should be strengthened and tightened in some points in order to ensure full pay transparency.

There is a need for action and full pay transparency can make a major contribution to more equal treatment. It is a question of fairness.

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Melanie Kocsan

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