WA has the highest gender pay gap in the country. Appallingly, the gap now is the same as, or even greater than it was 30 years ago.
Women in WA earn 23% less than their male counterparts as compared with a national pay gap of 15.3%. This means that for every dollar earned by a man in WA, a woman will earn 77 cents. For each week of full-time, ordinary work a woman will receive $373.50 less than a man.
The pay gap is costly: it reduces productivity and women accumulate less superannuation funds and other forms of wealth meaning that they are more likely to need to access a government pension or live in poverty.
There is no denying that women being paid less than men is a deeply entrenched issue in WA. It is totally unacceptable and we must make a concerted effort if we want to change the status quo.
Alison and the Greens are taking a two pronged approach to reducing gap by: