The head of the country's biggest employers' group has issued a second apology for comments he made about women's productivity in the workplace.
Employers and Manufacturers Association Northern chief executive Alasdair Thompson now says he believes gender plays no part in how productive a person is, or what they should be paid.
Mr Thompson came under fire on Thursday after suggesting some women earn less than men because they take time off when they have their period.
He initially apologised for any offence he caused but said he stood by his remarks.
Politicians and the Councils of Trade Unions quickly called for him to step down.
In a statement on Friday afternoon, Mr Thompson issued an unreserved and unqualified apology and said he realised he had offended people.
The association says it will be meeting in the next few days.
It's expected Mr Thompson's future with the organisation will be discussed.