LEADING BBC broadcasters backed the cause of equal pay for women yesterday, posting photos online wearing campaign T-shirts.
Equal Pay Day is the point in the year when women begin to work for nothing, because their pay lags so far behind their male counterparts, according to sex equality campaign the Fawcett Society.
The BBC came under fire after it published figures for its top earners that showed that only one-third of those on more than £150,000 a year are women.
But the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) stated that across much lower-paid levels of employment at the BBC, almost 80 per cent of women believe they are paid less than their male counterparts.
Among those calling for pay parity yesterday were BBC Radio 4 Today presenters Mishal Husain and Sarah Montague, broadcaster Victoria Derbyshire and Woman’s Hour host Jane Garvey.
Ms Husain tweeted: “Closing the gender pay gap is about equality. It should matter to everyone.” Ms Montague wore a T-shirt with the equals symbol and wrote: “Happy Equal Pay Day!”
News anchor Kate Silverton wrote: “Hard to believe women still face gender gap half a century on from” the Equal Pay Act.
The Fawcett Society says the gender pay gap is widening for some women and it will take 100 years to close it.
NUJ general secretary Michelle Stanistreet said the union is fighting 100 equal pay cases for women working at the BBC.
She said: “Equal Pay Day is a time to reflect on the inequality in pay between men and women.
“Men are often paid more than women because of outright discrimination, dated recruitment practices and inflexible working practices which make it difficult for women to juggle work and family life.
“Then there are the cases where women are not being paid the same even when they are doing the same job as their male colleague.”