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Iceland becomes first country to legalize equal pay between men and women

12 January 2018, 07:42 | Melvin Schneider

Iceland Legalizes Equal Pay Marking Big Step Toward Ending Gender Pay Gap

Construction workers at the site of the Aurora Observatory in Karholl northern Iceland

According to a report in Al Jazeera, the new legislation that came in to force on Monday makes it mandatory for organisations operating in the country to follow equal pay policy.

The bill was introduced in April 2017 and was supported by a parliament where half of the members are women. And over the years, women there have protested a pay gap.

"At a minimum level, we would need to have some national legislation in place that could be enforced through a federal agency".

Iceland has had an Equal Pay Act since 1961, but what's true in theory wasn't always true in practice.

Getting here was not a quick process. However, there is some room for an upward adjustment for example if a worker adds extra value to the work, but such exceptions must be decided in accordance with the standard and justified in writing, ' says Maríanna Traustadóttir [from the Icelandic Confederation of Labour].

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Despite its positive track record on gender issues, its wage gap hovers around 17%, and so they're looking to close the gap for good by passing the world's toughest law on the subject. Anti-gender-gap activists cried foul, but administration officials said the form provides undue burdens on business without achieving the desired effect of equity. To get started, they're making it illegal to pay men more than women doing the same jobs. "Tackling gender inequality and discrimination is good for business and for all of us", she said.

The new legislation was supported by Iceland's coalition government - as well as the opposition - in a parliament where almost 50 per cent of MPs are women.

The U.S.is 49th in gender wage equality and ranks behind some developing countries such as Botswana and Bangladesh, Time reported.

The law was announced a year ago on March 8-the date pegged International Women's Day-and aims to eradicate the gender pay gap by 2022.

Board member of the Icelandic Women's Rights Association, Dagny Osk Aradottir Pind, elaborated on the new system, saying: "It's a mechanism to ensure women and men are being paid equally".



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