The players of the Australian football team will start earning as much in many areas as their male colleagues through a new collective labor agreement.
The Australian football association FFA and the Australian trade union for football players PFA made the news of the CLA, which is valid for four years, known on Wednesday.
According to both parties, this is a "historical agreement". "This is a major step towards closing the pay gap between the" Socceroos "and the" Matildas, "said FFA President David Gallop, referring to the nicknames of national teams.
"This is a unique deal in football and we think it is a global model for all unions and players, male and female," said PFA director John Didulica. "This agreement is based on equality."
The new deal will give men and women an equal percentage of the income generated by the national teams, for example through advertisements. Moreover, the salary of the top players is aligned with that of the best men, to a maximum of 100,000 Australian dollars (converted around 62,000 euros).
The players of the 'Socceroos' will probably eventually earn more than the players of the 'Matildas', because they both receive 40 percent of the prize money earned at major tournaments and there is more money available at men's championships than at men's championships women.
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Discussion about wage gap in football has been going on for some time
The discussion about the difference in income between football players and football players has been going on for some time. For example, the American football players sued the American Football Association in March because the players feel unfairly treated. That conflict is still not resolved.
The Orange women reached an agreement with the KNVB at the end of 2017 about an increased financial compensation, after the players had made it clear that they wanted the system of premiums to be equalized between men and women.
Two weeks ago it was also announced that the football players from the Spanish league will stop the competition from November 16 because of a strike. The players demand, among other things, the establishment of a minimum wage.
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