OPINION: Gender pay-gap widens

OPINION: by The DEX reporter Marco Magasic.

IS UNEQUAL pay a problem in the Clarence Valley?

While there is no doubt it is a problem nationally, a new ABS study says it reached an all time high of 18.8%, Matthew Elkerton's Page 3 story raises two interesting points.

Clarence Valley Women's Incorporated president Susan Howland has hit out at women who think the fight for equality is won.

"We think it's a wake-up call for women who think the battle for equality has been won," Ms Howland said. "A lot of young women think there is no need to continue campaigning for equal rights; they think they battle is won, but these statistics show that it isn't."

She said factors like reliance on childcare, lack of support and unemployment rates where factors that made it difficult for rural women to get equal pay.

However Clarence Valley councillor and local business woman Sue Hughes disagreed and said in the Clarence Valley the gender pay gap would be less than the national average because there were very few executive positions in rural areas.

"There is no gender difference or inequity in our salaries in the industry in which I work, and I think this is reflected across the Clarence Valley," Ms Hughes said.

Ms Hughes said pay inequality was more prevalent in executive positions, which are not typically found in the Clarence Valley.

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