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14% pay gap so women in Iceland leave work 14% early

Wage disparity means women all across Europe are essentially working for free.

Thousands of female employees across Iceland walked out of workplaces at 2.38pm on Monday to protest against earning less than men.

Iceland is the best country in the world for gender equality, yet women still earn on average 14 to 18 per cent less than their male colleagues. According to unions and women’s organisations, this means in every eight hour day women are essentially working without pay from 2.38pm.

In the Nordic country’s capital, Reykjavik, thousands of women gathered in central Austurvöllur square when they left the offices, shops, factories, and schools where they were supposed to be working. Similar but smaller protests are thought to have taken place around the country.

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