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Women are still paid less

The 15 percent difference in wages between the two sexes in Iceland has remained the same for the past 12 years despite fights for equality on the labor market.

In addition, the gap between the highest and lowest wages on the labor market keeps increasing, whereas women are usually in the low-income group, Morgunbladid reports.

Hannes G. Sigurdsson of the Confederation of Icelandic Employers (SA) told Morgunbladid that the wage difference is not caused by discrimination, but the nature of jobs women are in.

This time last year Icelandic women stopped working at 2:08 pm to indicate that on average they only get paid until then, while men get paid for eight hours of work from 8 am to 4 pm.

On that day up to 50,000 women, one third of all Icelandic women, marched to downtown Reykjavík to bring attention to the wage differences in the labor market.

“The Women’s Day Off” last year marked the 30th anniversary of the first day women stopped working to protest difference in wages, on 24th October 1975.

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