The Scottish Government is pursuing constructive policies to deliver fairness in what people are paid. One example of why this matters is that last week we saw Equal Pay Day, which is when women effectively stop earning compared to men. Plainly, that is not fair.
In fact, it is even broader than that, as pay inequality is an intersectional issue, cutting across gender, ethnicity, and disability. The Scottish Government is committed to requiring listed public authorities to extend gender pay gap reporting to disability and ethnicity reporting and to develop an ethnicity pay gap strategy to go alongside their existing strategies on closing the disability and gender pay gaps. These are practical measures which can make a difference to paypackets.
I asked the UK Government to follow suit.