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Cheaper rail tickets for Germany's women






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Women in Germany will get cheaper rail travel on Equal Pay Day - a 21 per cent cut in subway fares. Equal Pay Day raises awareness of the gender pay gap. It shows how many extra days a woman has to work to earn what men earn. It is a big event in Germany, where women are paid 21 per cent less than men. The cost of a day travel ticket for women on Monday will be €5.50 instead of the usual €7.00.

Berlin's metro is fully backing its fare cut. An online ad vows to close the gender pay gap. It says: "Gender-specific wage gap. Sounds stupid. Is stupid. We'll close it." Critics say women won't benefit as most female workers buy monthly travel passes. Tourists buy the day passes. Men could be in trouble if they buy the cheaper day pass. Any man caught buying the day pass will be treated as a fare dodger. He will get a fine of €60.

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