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'200 years' before gender equality in construction.

IT will take almost 200 years to achieve gender equality among construction workers, a new study has suggested.

The GMB said its research indicated that at the current rate of growth, the number of women in the building industry will not equal men until 2194. The union said it has arranged a summit with the major construction companies working on the Hinkley Point nuclear power project to discuss the lack of women in construction.

Official data shows that just one in eight construction workers are female - the lowest share of any industrial group, according to the GMB. National oficer Jude Brimble said: "Our analysis is a sobering reminder of the scale of the challenge facing the industry.

"As a union we are committed to advancing the cause of gender equality in all industries. That's why we have arranged our ground-breaking Hinkley Point summit where we will discuss with the major players how to increase the number of women in the construction of the project."

Angela Rayner, shadow education secretary, commented: "These figures show the scale of the challenge but major state-backed projects like Hinkley Point are a chance for the Government to step in and take action. Ministers should tell us how they will ensure that the opportunities they present will be open to all. "We need to ensure that apprenticeships, for example, are available to more women and people who are historically underrepresented in certain jobs and industries, but the Tories' record has fallen far short their rhetoric, failing to set robust targets let alone meet them."

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Title Annotation:Business
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jun 12, 2019
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