Unequal Pay and Marriage Bar


Terms and Conditions for working in Radio Éireann, 1947
Terms and Conditions for working in Radio Éireann, 1947

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Different rates of pay for men and women and marriage bar for women in employment terms and conditions.

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    Radio Éireann Conditions of Service
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    Unequal Pay and Marriage Bar
  • Extended description

    This document lists the terms and conditions for employment as General Features Officer in Radio Éireann. It dates from 1947. No. 2 on the list sets out the different rates of pay for men and women. If a man gets the job, he will be paid £650 - £850 per annum, while if a woman gets it, she will be paid £500 - £700, a substantially less amount for doing the same work. No. 9 on the list is the marriage bar, making it compulsory for a female employee to resign when she married.

    Unequal pay and the marriage bar remained a feature of Irish public service employment until the 1970s.

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    This document is held in the RTÉ Archives document collection.

    Typed script, 1 page.

    The image in the background shows broadcaster Marian Finucane with a colleague, 1979. © RTÉ Archives 2553/079

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    Broadcasting, Radio Éireann, Employment, Terms and conditions, Unequal pay, Marriage bar, Discrimination
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    Society and Social Issues
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    English (eng)
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    English (eng)

Unequal Pay and Marriage Bar

Category: Society and Social Issues