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Should you be allowed to know what your colleagues are being paid? I know some people can be cagey about what they earn, but due to inequality issues in the workplace, one charity is advocating that women should have the right to know what their male colleagues are being paid if they suspect pay discrimination

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-50411619

However, why stop there? There are indeed other forms of discrimination - so why not just have a chart stating what each person is getting paid?

would this cause more chaos and disharmony in the workplace?

hspexy
6 months ago
What do you think of this?
chelseaturpin
chelseaturpin6 months ago

I wouldn't want anyone to know what i was being paid so i wouldn't ask what wages my colleagues are earning i personally think (without starting ww3) that you should get paid on how much work you can actually do. I know it sounds bad but i've worked for the last 5 years in retail and had to pick up a lot of extra shifts and jobs at work due to a lot of lazy staff who get paid more than me due to being older which is completely unfair they would need to actually do some work in order to get paid.

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MrsCraig
MrsCraig6 months ago

I could easily tell you what my colleagues are paid as in the teaching profession we are paid based on a scale. It doesn't bother me if people know what I earn. How much money you earn doesn't always reflect how hard you actually work.

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hspexy
hspexy
Original Poster
6 months ago

Very true. They pay by scales in the public sector too, and they introduced performance based bonuses to try to encourage staff, but as the bonuses are measly, no one ever tries to work harder to get them

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MrsCraig
MrsCraig6 months ago

hspexy no bonuses in our line of work, but you definitely don't go into teaching for the money!

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ShellyAnn
ShellyAnn6 months ago

When you work for the NHS/council you do know what pay band everyone is and what that pay works out as according to the pay scale, so yeah, everyone knows. You also get treated according to your payband in my opinion. I stopped working for the NHS over 3 years ago, thank goodness.

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hspexy
hspexy
Original Poster
6 months ago

Lol the curve ball in that is the wages of the contractors that are hired...having worked in that environment, it causes a lot f upset when people find out the salary disparity

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AgnesFaludi
AgnesFaludi6 months ago

I would not like to know.....but our company pays the same wage on the same levels...I think they should pay more for people who worked more years with the company.

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BonzoBanana
BonzoBanana6 months ago

I don't think it should be a right to know other people's wages but authorities should have easy access to see such information to check the company is operating fairly. Creating tensions in the workplace will only damage companies and become less productive.

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tumblespots
tumblespots6 months ago

I find pay equality abhorent and extremey unfair. In past jobs I have had to train graduates to do my job knowing that whilst teaching them I was being paid half their salary! Not only that but they couldn't seem to pick it up very quickly either.

However, I don't think that all situations warrant such salary openess. 🐞

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