Today marks Equal Pay Day; the end of financial year for women workers. Why? Because in 2014 Australian women must work an additional 66 days to earn the same wage as Australian men. The 2014 gender pay gap is the worst since records began in 1984; men working full-time earn 18.2% more than women. In sectors like health and finance the inequality is even worse. Victorian Trades Hall Council Secretary, Luke Hilakari, described the widening gap as a "national shame", and pointed to Federal and State policies contributing to the crisis. "The Federal Government's proposed reintroduction of individual flexibility agreements will force women to trade away workplace entitlements like weekend rates if they have caring responsibilities. The Trades Hall, representatives of Victorian workers, condemns Tony Abbott as the self-styled Minister for Women for presiding over policies which will directly contribute to widening inequality.