WOMEN must work an extra 64 days a year to earn as much as male colleagues, new figures show.
The pay gap has also widened in the past year, prompting calls from the trade union movement for legislative change.
''Corporate Australia has been given plenty of opportunity to create an even playing field between men and women, yet here we are on another Equal Pay Day lamenting the fact that it is taking longer and longer for women to earn the same as men,'' the president of the ACTU, Ged Kearney, said.
Equal Pay Day is today - the 64th day of the financial year. It is held on the day women catch up to men's earnings of the previous year. This year, it took women 64 days, while in the previous two years it was 63.
The union movement wants the review of the Fair Work Act to compel employers to seriously consider requests for flexible working arrangements. ''Right now employers can just pay lip service to such a request without having to explain their refusal and most women have no appeal rights,'' Ms Kearney said.
Minister for the Status of Women, Julie Collins, said the pay gap remained a serious issue for the government.
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