Minister of Labor and Social Inclusion (Labor Party)
Minister of Culture and Gender Equality (Labor Party)
One thing we do not need to investigate, and that is whether the wage differences exist at all.
This is a debate post. Opinions in the text are at the writer’s expense.
Then we were here again, believe it or not. Once again we have to explain that yes, it can exist Reasons to the fact that there are wage inequalities between women and men.
But unlike Kjetil Rolness (Aftenposten 20 November), Gunnar Stavrum (Nettavisen 16 November) and Trygve Hegnar (Finansavisen 16 November) – by the way, men in an age group that comes out well in the statistics – we still believe that it does not must be like that.
When we raise the fact on the equal pay day that women earn less than men, it is because we need smaller pay differences between women and men in working life.
It is very possible Kjetil Rolness does not agree with the goal, it must be so. But that the whole problem is a myth, it is not true.
Focus on full-time work
What we agree with Rolness is that part-time drives pay differences. And therefore we also believe that one of the most important things we can do to reduce inequality is to focus on full-time work. This will increase women’s wages and strengthen their position in the labor market.
We will work to ensure that more women have access to full, permanent and secure positions. We will propose to legislate that employers who advertise a part-time position must document that there is a real need for part-time work.
We will work to ensure that more women have access to full, permanent and secure positions
Also when we compare men and women who work in the same profession, industry and sector, who have the same education and are the same age, the average figures for what women earn are lower than they are for men.
Therefore, we believe in the new rules on wage mapping based on gender as part of the activity and reporting obligation. The survey is to be done every two years and provides employers with a basis for assessing whether there are wage differences between women and men among them, so that they can implement measures.
The employees are given the opportunity to compare their salary with the average for their own job group. It makes conditions more transparent, and it can promote more justice.
The knowledge base
In Norway, the parties in working life are responsible for wage formation. Collective wage formation is essential, and we need a high degree of organization to give employees more power. We are in favor of that, and that is why we are doubling the trade union deduction, among other things.
We need a good knowledge base to follow wage developments. The government will contribute to this.
But one thing we do not need to investigate, and that is whether the wage differences exist at all. Although they are not obvious to Kjetil Rolness, Gunnar Stavrum or Trygve Hegnar.