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Sociologist claims Australia’s gender pay gap is ‘unsolvable’

  • Sociologist Jordan Peterson claimed Australia’s pay gap is ‘unsolvable’
  • He said woman on average are paid less because they are ‘more agreeable’
  • It is illegal to pay men and women differently for doing the same work
  • Iceland’s gender pay equality law came into effect on January 1  

A controversial sociologist has claimed Australia’s pay gap is ‘unsolvable’ because it doesn’t make economic sense.

Professor Jordan Peterson said woman on average are paid less than men because they are ‘more agreeable’ and not ‘natural negotiators.’ 

‘More agreeable people get paid less. Why? Because they’re not as assertive,’ Professor Peterson said on 60 Minutes.

Professor Jordan Peterson, said woman on average are paid less than men because they are ‘more agreeable’ and not ‘natural negotiators’

Under Australian discrimination law, it is illegal to pay men and women differently for doing the same work. 

Professor Peterson also denies that the pay gap issue is not a problem of sex discrimination. 

He said that paying men and women equally would be ‘absolutely deadly.’ 

Journalist Tara Brown revealed the worst offenders are male-dominated sectors in real estate and finance where the gender pay gap is over 30 per cent in favour of men. 

It was also revealed the gender pay gap has hovered at 15-20% for the last 20 or so years. 

Journalist Tara Brown, revealed the worst offenders are male dominated sectors in real estate and finance

Journalist Tara Brown, revealed the worst offenders are male dominated sectors in real estate and finance

Brown travelled to Iceland where gender pay equality is legal. 

Iceland’s new law came into effect on January after it was announced on International Women’s Day last year. 

Under the new law, businesses have to receive official govrnment certification to prove their equal-pay policies if they have more than 25 employees, news.com.au reported. 

The companies risk being fined if they cannot prove they are providing equal pay.

Iceland’s former Minister of Social Affairs and Equality Thorsteinn Viglundsson said equal pay is not a threat to men it’s just a fair balance to society which men should be getting involved in.

Iceland¿s former Minister of Social Affairs and Equality Thorsteinn Viglundsson said equal pay is not a threat to men

Iceland’s former Minister of Social Affairs and Equality Thorsteinn Viglundsson said equal pay is not a threat to men

 

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