The Gender Pay Gap – righting a wrong! by Catriona Cookson

Just in case you were all thinking this newsletter was too much about the football …….although I know women are just as interested in the football as men. What’s not to like about Gareth, Harry and the Band of Brothers?

Anyway, a change of tack now with a look at the recent settlement by the BBC with Carrie Gracie former China editor. The BBC apologised, admitted they had been underpaying her and paid the backpay which was due. The BBC acknowledged she was told she would be paid in line with the North America editor when she took the role, but in reality, this never happened.

Carrie Gracie has now donated her backpay to a charity, the Fawcett Society to help low paid women and those who don’t have access to the high caliber legal advice which assisted Carrie in her claim.

It is very easy for people to say in many situations – It’s about the principle and not about the money”, and with her actions Carrie Gracie has won on all fronts. I’ve read some snippy articles saying she should have kept the money, a man would never have given it away etc etc. Frankly, I’m not sure I would have given it all away ….some of it yes, but some of that hard earned cash I’d want to spend on certain things. So, all credit to Carrie Gracie, she fought her corner and won……and was gracious in her comments about Director General Tony Hall and is contributing to a project at the BBC in women in the workplace there. So, let’s see what comes out of all of that!

In the meantime, let’s hope this rings a very large alarm bell for any organisations in a similar position and that they have taken the necessary steps to rectify the situation. There can be no excuse!

Pay Gap



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