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

International Conference

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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Public presentation of the research "The gender pay gap in the hotel industry of Cyprus"

On 31st March 2016, a public presentation of the Research “The gender pay gap in the hotel industry in Cyprus” took place...

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Despite the progress that is observed in relation to the size of the Gender Pay Gap (GPG), the gap remains particularly large throughout EU indicating that pay discrimination is the most profound manifestation of gender discrimination in the labour market.

 

The project’s main objective was to contribute towards the elimination of the GPG, through a transnational collaboration between institutions from Cyprus, Greece and Portugal. Apart from their geographical proximity (Southern Europe), all are bailout countries hit hard by the current economic crisis. The  activities were designed in such a way that allowed a concrete reaction to the new economic and social reality that the three countries faced as a result of the economic crisis.

 

The project was mostly focused on the undervaluation of women’s work, as one of the determinants of the persistence and reproduction of GPG. Bearing this in mind, the project put an emphasis on rethinking and reevaluating women’s different roles and skills in order to develop new and durable evaluation tools or adapt existing tools that could be used in the defined transnational setting and beyond.

 

Methodologically, the project built on a knowledge-based approach aiming at generating, using and transferring that knowledge. An important aspect of the approach was the involvement of competent actors able to transfer their diverse knowledge and expertise (i.e. social partners, research institutions, policy makers, public authorities) in the project. Thus, the cooperation among the actors went beyond mere networking; it added an explicit value and created opportunities for all equally.

 

The project emphasised on two main perspectives to tackling GPG:

(1) Undervaluation of women’s different roles and skills and

(2) The relation between social dialogue and equal pay.

 

It is particularly important to examine the GPG in the context of social dialogue since collective bargaining constitutes a fundamental tool for regulating and setting the terms and conditions of employment. Moreover, the empirical evidence at an EU level on the impact of social dialogue on GPG shows that increased coverage by social dialogue has a positive impact on the level of GPG. This is particularly important for countries hit hard from the Economic crisis that most of the times leads to the deconstruction or the weakening of the legal and institutional framework.

 

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