Public presentation of the Comparative Analytical Report on the Effects of the Economic Crisis on GPG in Cyprus, Greece and Portugal

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Within the framework of this project, in the 23rd of June 2016, took place the international conference titled “Gender Pay Gap in the era of economic crisis".  The conference was organised by the Cyprus Labour Institute (INEKPEO)...

 

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International Conference

Gender Pay Gap in the EU in the era of Economic crisis”

   

  

Within the framework of this project, on 23 June 2016 took place the international conference titled “Gender Pay Gap in the EU in the era of economic crisis”. The conference was organised by the Cyprus Labour Institute (INEK-PEO) and was held in the Journalists House in Nicosia.

The participants in the conference included well-known researchers, academics and experts in gender equality as well as stakeholders. It was noted that despite the progress that is observed in the EU regarding the Gender Pay Gap, the gap remains particularly large, indicating that pay discrimination is the most profound manifestation of gender discrimination in the labour market.

The conference dealt with the consequences of the financial crisis and of the austerity measures to the Gender Pay Gap, putting emphasis to the countries of northern Europe, that is, the countries which were hit particularly hard by the crisis.  

The conference opened by the welcome speech of the president of the INEK-PEO Board of Directors and General Secretary of PEO, Pambis Kyritsis, who was followed by the welcome speech of the Head of the European Commission Representation in Cyprus, Georgios Markopouliotis.

The first session of the conference discussed the consequences of the economic crisis to the Gender Pay gap in the EU. The subject was analysed by the academics Francesca Bettio and Maria Karamesini who were the keynote speakers of the first session. Following the first two presentations, the researchers Maria Liapi and Elias Ioakimoglou presented the results of a comparative report on the consequences of the economic crisis in Cyprus, Greece and Portugal. The session ended with an open discussion. 

In the second session of the conference, special attention was given to the undervaluation of women’s work, as one of the determining factors of the GPG, and to the principle of equal pay for work of equal value. The keynote speech of the session was given by the chair of the Gender Focal Point in the branch office of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in Lisbon, Albertina Jordao, who presented the basic existing methods and tools in terms of evaluating and comparing different jobs. In this context, the next two speakers, Dr. Loucas Antoniou (INEK-PEO) and Giorgos Kritikides (Labour Institute of the Greek General Confederation of Labour, INE-GSEE) dealt with a particular Job Evaluation Tool, the main aim of which is to assess the jobs by using criteria that eliminate altogether the influence of gender-based stereotypes in pay determination arrangements. The tool was implemented in the hotel industry of Cyprus and Greece, within a pilot research which took place under this project. The session ended with an open discussion.

The last session of the conference referred to some practical issues regarding the ways that the GPG could be eliminated. The first speaker of the session was the gender issues expert, Anna Pilavaki, from the Equality Committee in Employment and Vocational Training. Anna Pilavaki gave a presentation on the institutional and legal framework of GPG in the EU. The second speaker was Anthoula Papadopoulou who is the chair of the Steering Committee, KISA – Action for Equality, Support, antiracism. Anthoula Papadopoulou referred to the role of NGOs regarding equal pay, putting emphasis on the vulnerable group of migrant women. The last speech of the session noted the important role of social dialogue and trade unions with regard to pay equality. According to the speaker, Marina Koukou - who is the chair of the Working Women’s Office of PEO - collective bargaining is generally a basic tool for setting and determining the terms of employment and can have positive effects to tackling the relevant issues.

  

 

 

 

To read the welcome speech by Pambis Kyritsis, please press here.

To read the welcome speech by Georgios Markopouliotis, please press here.

To read the presentation by Elias Ioakimoglou “The effects of the economic crisis on GPG in Cyprus, Greece and Portugal”, please follow the link pdf.

To read the presentation by Albertina Jordao titled “Defining work of equal value in practical terms: can we actually apply the principle of equal pay for work of equal value?”, please press here.

To read the presentation by Loucas Antoniou titled “A job evaluation methodology and the experience from Cyprus”, please press here.

To read the presentation of Giorgos Kritikides titled “Evaluating jobs in the hotel industry in Greece: lessons from Portugal”, please press here.

To read the presentation by Anthoula Papadopoulou titled “Gender pay equality and the role of NGOs: the experience of KISA and migrant women”, please press here.


  

 

  

 

 

 

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