Picketing for Equal Pay

For years, it was a topic that would surface in studies and headlines, but rarely beyond. Then several countries began to get serious, requiring companies to report differences in gender pay gaps or trying to close it themselves. A few big firms spent millions trying to make up the pay difference between men and women in the same job.

But critics say it just hasn’t been enough, and this week the issue boiled in the largest city in Scotland with a mass walkout. Over two days, more than 8,000 employees of Glasgow City Council staged a mass walkout to protest pay discrepancies. To some, it could well be a prime example of leaders responding but still missing the public pulse. “This is something that is potentially very big and expensive to get wrong,” says Ben Frost, who leads Korn Ferry’s global Rewards Products business.


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