Female BBC staff down tools at 4.22pm – nine per cent short of a full working day – to demand end of gender pay gap at the corporation
・Women at the BBC stopped working at 4.22pm on International Women’s Day
・They gathered outside Broadcasting House in London to demand equal pay
・4.22pm is when BBC women stop getting paid compared to male colleagues
down tools (idiom)
Macmillan Dictionaryによると” to stop working, especially as a protest “というふうに記載されていますね。
The printers are threatening to down tools if the pay offer is not increased to eight percent.
BBC staff gathered outside Broadcasting House on International Women’s Day to call for equal pay.
Journalists brandished sheets of paper displaying equal signs as they chanted ‘Equal pay for equal work’. The BBC insists that work to end gender pay discrepancies are under way.
They included the corporation’s chief international correspondent Lyse Doucet and Woman’s Hour presenter Jane Garvey, who tweeted about the ‘great’ turnout.
A huge cheer went up for Carrie Gracie, who resigned as BBC China editor earlier this year over pay inequalities, as she was brought to the front of the crowd.
To brandish (verb)
Cambridge Dictionary によると” to wave something in the air in a threatening or excited way: “というふうに記載されていますね。
She brandished a saucepan at me so I ran out of the kitchen.
He looked silly brandishing one of those Star Wars lightsaber.
A crowd of protesters, some brandishing sticks and machetes, had gathered.
Cambridge Dictionaryによると” a difference between two things that should be the same: “ というふうに記載されていますね。
There is some discrepancy between the two accounts.
a discrepancy between estimated and actual spending
There were some discrepancies in the statement he gave to police.
Macmillan Dictionaryによると” a newspaper or television reporter, especially one who deals with a particular subject or area “ と記載されていますね。
He works as a correspondent in Moscow.
a special report from our political correspondent John Sergeant
She spoke emotionally about her experiences as a war correspondent.
Macmillan Dictionaryによると ” the number of people who come to an event “ という風に記載されていますね。
Sunny weather helped boost the turnout at Sunday’s rally.
Considering the rain, there was a good turnout.
Good weather on polling day should ensure a good turnout.
Macmillan Dictionaryによると ” a loud shout of happiness or approval “ と記載されていますね。
A great cheer went up from the crowd.
Troops raised a loud cheer as the president appeared.
go up (phrasal verb)
Cambridge Dictionaryによると ” to move higher, rise, or increase: “ と記載されていますね。
‘Yes it was great to see so many people, and it’s great to see so many men. Isn’t that cool?‘ she said.
‘And it just makes the point that this is not like some people have presented it as a small group of entitled women.
‘This is like, a lot of people at all levels of the BBC feel very strongly about equal pay.’
The women said they chose to stand at 4.22pm, 9% short of a standard 9-5pm working day, to symbolise a 9% gender pay gap at the BBC.
Macmillan Dictionaryによると ” feeling that you have the right to do or have what you want without having to work for it or deserve it, just because of who you are: “ と記載されていますね。
…kids who feel so entitled and think the world will revolve around them.
These kids are spoiled, entitled, self-absorbed, and apathetic.
Asked how she felt as people chanted her name in support, Ms Gracie said: ‘It’s not about me, it’s about sisterhood.’
After being photographed alongside her colleagues – mainly female but some male – she added: ‘It’s about a movement and I hope the strength of feeling is clear to everybody.
‘A picture is worth a thousand words. Everyone’s out here. That says it all.’
Asked if she thought it would make a difference, she said: ‘I hope so.’
Cambridge Dictionaryによると ” a strong feeling of friendship and support among women who are involved in action to improve women’s rights “ と記載されていますね。
A BBC spokesman said in relation to the protest: ‘The BBC is committed to closing the gender pay gap by 2020, which we’re already underway with addressing.
‘While the BBC’s gender pay gap is around half the national average, we have a special role in representing Britain and are determined to lead the way.’
Ms Doucet said it is time, in 2018, to ‘respect the laws and principles of the time in which we live’.
She added: ‘It’s not just the BBC. We happen to work for the BBC but this goes across the society and across the world. I think around the world women are saying, it’s 2018 and it’s time for change.’
On the timing of the demonstration she said: ‘Today all of us have left from our desks at approximately the time that our work stops being paid.’
A review commissioned by the BBC and published in January found there was ‘no evidence of gender bias in pay decision-making’.
The organisation has pledged to work to achieve 50:50 representation across the corporation by 2020.
Cambridge Dictionaryによると ” wanting to do something very much and not allowing anyone or any difficulties to stop you: “ と記載されていますね。
I’m determined to finish this book today.
I’m determined to get this piece of work done today.
She will get the job she wants – she‘s a very determined person.
She‘s determined to make a success of this project.
He was determined to find out the truth.
I was determined to make it as a jazz musician.
Baxter is determined that this year things will be different.
happen to do something (phrase)
Macmillan Dictionaryによると ” to do something by chance “ という風に記載されていますね。
I happened to meet an old friend in town.
I happened to come across this book I think you would like.
Macmillan Dictionaryによると ” the process of deciding what to do about something, especially in an organization “ という風に記載されていますね。
Employees are now demanding greater involvement in the decision-making process.
She plays no part in the daily decision-making.
The bank gave decision-making authority to individual businesses, allowing them to better cater to their customers.
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