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Equal pay: Piece-work systems must observe equal pay principles

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The principle of equal pay for men and women under Article 119 of the Treaty of Rome and the EC "Equal Treatment" Directive applies to piece-work pay schemes, confirms the European Court of Justice in Specialarbejderforbundet i Danmark v Dansk Industri, acting for Royal Copenhagen A/S. However, the Court goes on to say that a mere finding that under such a scheme the average pay of two groups of workers carrying out work of equal value, one group consisting predominantly of women and the other predominantly of men, does not in itself suffice to establish that there is sex discrimination with regard to pay.