Passing through London a week ago, I went pass the Shard building which looks amazing and it is is still not finished. As I looked up, I could still see some cranes perched at the very top working way. As Wikipedia said:
"The Shard's steel structure was topped out on 30 March 2012, when its 66-metre (217 ft), 500-tonne spire was winched into place. The steel structure thus reached a height of 308.5 metres (1,012 ft). The final 516 panes of glass were added shortly after, topping the tower out at its full height of 309.6 metres (1,016 ft)."
I have no evidence but I would bet my house on it, that those crane-drivers were men. I bet my house becauseif they were women it would be in the papers. That would be no problem per se and there is no problem with women being crane drivers but the Shard crane drivers show why there is a gender pay gap (for women over 30 only of remember).
Those men risking life and limb to be prepared to be 1,000 ft up a building will be rightly paid a lot of money (well I hope they are). A lot of money they probably bring home to their wife and kids (including daughters) so both men and women in that family unit benefit.
But the BBC, Guardian, Fawcett Society, the three main political parties and all those other groups instead of recognising that some men get paid well becuase of the dangerous jobs and anti-social hours many of them endure - they believe the gender pay gap is down to discrimination in the workplace.
This is the terrible lie repeated over and over again, without a shred of evidence, that says men get paid more than women for doing the same job, at the same company, with the same skill, the same experience and the same contribution to the bottom line. It is a terrible lie because it deminses men and in particular "male bosses" and is a ruse to claim special treatment for women over men - although this damages female partners, daughters, sisters and mothers of men.
Whenever you read about the coming new rules about the gender pay gap or hear anybody at work talking about it - mention the Shard crane drivers - and ask them how many women would do that job and ask them why those men who do it should not be paid well.
Posted by Skimmington
Editors note- There were a few articles on the Gender Pay Gap and some were truly awful. Anna Bird in the Guardian was pretty well shot down by many in the comments section and again more and more people are having the balls to challenge this nonsense.
This poor article in the Standard repeats this myth "in the US, women’s salaries are around 77 per cent of men’s when they do similar jobs."