Labour call for Discrimination and a question?
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Labour believes that state bodies and agencies should be required to achieve at least 40 per cent representation of each gender on their boards and governing bodies. We believe that statutory force should be given to that objective and that the social partners and other nominating bodies should be bound by the same target. Public funding for political parties should be tied to the level of participation by women as public representatives those parties achieve.
Looking at the figures there seems indeed to be something wrong.
Only 13% of TDs in Dáil Eireann are women, while they account for 34% of members of State Boards, 20% of members of local authorities and just 16% of members of regional authorities.
After adjusting for differences in hours worked, women’s hourly earnings were around 86% of men’s.
However bad these figures are I have to disagree with Labour.
When ever the leaving cert results come out we always here tell that boys are doing worse then girls. But one thing we never hear about is that to combat this a certain quota of male students should be meet. Why? well I could go on a rant about discrimination against men but the reason is that people believe in Merit. If someone gets better marks they deserve the place about someone else. That the top 40 people in a 40 place course should get the course regardless of gender, that ability is the only criteria. So why then do we often hear the call for quotas in public life. Surely the same idea should apply that the best people should get ahead. Why should we think any differently.
What quotas are is that they suggest that women are inferior to men, they say that they can not compete on a level playing field with men. Is that what women want to be given special treatment? Do they really want people working for them instead of respecting them, saying they only got the job because what gender they are? I certainly do not think so, then again I am male.
The gender pay gap in Ireland is 9% of male earnings according to the CSO via eurostat. This is below the EU Average, 2nd in EU15 and better then all the so called Equal Scandinavian countries. So while there is a definite need for improvement the gap is not as great as many would probably guess it is. And if we are more equal then the do goody Swedes well that should be something to be proud of. They don’t have the figures in the report, but I would love to see is there a reduction of the wage gap in recent years. i.e is there less difference between 25-35 year olds then 50-60 year olds. That would show us if the celtic tiger has solved that problem for us.
One thing we are less equal to then our Scandinavian neighbours is political representation. The question is why do we have so few female TD’s. If you look at our female TD’s they are mainly high flying ministers or spokespersons. How many female backbenchers are there? Many people blame the political party system of being a boys club. But how many females stand as independents compared to males. Surely in the absence of a boys club it should be 50% women independents who decided to put there name forward and run? If not why not, surly the party system which has no hand in independents and as can be seen by party front benches are certainly willing to put women ini the front line are not the sole source of blame so why not a 50% running?
I would be interested to hear peoples thoughts on this what ever gender they are.