The current pay gap between women and men in Sweden is 12,5 %. This means that women work unpaid after 16:00 (4 pm) every day, calculated on a working day from 8 to 5. Men on the other hand get paid for their entire working day. This pay gap has remained more or less unchanged since the early 1980’s.
The 16:00-movement is a coalition of organisations from the women’s movement, political women’s associations and trade unions, working together to put pressure on the government and employers to reach gender equal salaries.
The campaign was initiated by the Swedish Women’s Lobby ahead of the International Women’s Day in 2012. Since then, the pay gap has decreased with a total of nine minutes. We have moved from 15:51 to 16:00. With this pace, it will take 33 years (year 2050) to fully close the gap. The aim of the 16:00-movement is to make it happen sooner, and we will exist until women get Pay All Day (8 am-5 pm)!
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Each year at the International Women’s Day, March 8th, we share our common message in social media: “After 16:00 (4 pm) women work for free – every day. It is time for #PayAllDay!”.
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THE GOALS OF THE CAMPAIGN
- Equal pay for equal work
- That women get paid all day
OUR DEMANDS to get there
The organisations of the 16:00-movement agree that women’s work and women-dominated professions are consistenly less valued throughout the entire labor market. The pay gap is created structurally and it must therefore be eliminated by structural reforms.
We have three demands:
- Gender equal parental leave
- The same right to full time jobs and secure forms of employment
- That the strucutural wage gap between women and men are made visibile and adjusted
We, the organisations that are a part of the collaboration, call ourselves the 16:00-movement. The Swedish Women’s Lobby is the initiator and coordinator of the campaign.
Akademikerförbundet SSR, BPW Sverige, Centerkvinnorna, Fackförbundet ST, Fastighetsanställdas Förbund, Feministiskt Initiativ, Finansförbundet, Forum – Kvinnor och funktionshinder, Fredrika Bremer Förbundet, FTF – facket för försäkring och finans, Försvarsförbundet, Gröna kvinnor, Handelsanställdas förbund, Hotell- och restaurangfacket, IF Metall, Internationella Kvinnoförbundet (IKF), Kommunal, Kvinnliga Läkares Förening, Kvinnofronten, Kvinnor för fred väst, KvinnorKan, Kvinnor i Svenska kyrkan, Liberala Kvinnor, LO, Miljöpartiets jämställdhets- och mångfaldskommitté, S-kvinnor, Svenska Kvinnors Vänsterförbund, Sveriges Arbetsterapeuter, Sveriges Makalösa Föräldrar, Sveriges universitetslärare och forskare (SULF), TCO, Unizon, Varken hora eller kuvad, Vision, Vårdförbundet, Vänsterpartiets kvinnonätverk, Winnet Sverige.
The pay gap between women and men
Our campaign is based on statistics from the Swedish National Mediation Office, which is an authority under the Department of Labour. They are responsible for the public statistics on wages in Sweden. An important task for them is to study and analyse salaries from a gender equality perspective. Their study from 2016, built on data collected in 2015, shows that the pay gap between women and men in Sweden is 12,5 %.
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