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GOOD NEWS Men and Women to be paid equally in Iceland

Men and Women to be paid equally in Iceland

09 01 2018 Tuesday
The News

A new law 'equal pay policy' was introduced last year in Iceland . This law was brought into effect on 1 Jan 2018, according to which, every company has more than 25 employees need to give the same salary to a female employee as to male employee.

behind the news

According to World Economic Forum (WEF), Iceland is the most gender-equal country in the world. But it was not reflected in the salaries that are been given to female employees as that given to male employee- having the same position in the company. There was a major pay gap. To remove such pay gap, on March 8, a new bill'>bill was introduced for equal pay. But there was a delay to pass the bill and so in Oct 2018, thousands of Icelandic women were on a protest in front of parliament. As a result, the bill was made into law very soon after that.

beyond the news

It's surprising to observe that certain kind of gender discrimination existed in Iceland although being the most gender-equal country in the world. We can just imagine that how the situation might be in other countries or in the ones that are at the bottom most gender-equal country rankings.

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