Spanish top-flight division's women footballers sign historic collective pay agreement, breaks impasse with sporting authorities

Spain’s top-flight women footballers have signed their first collective agreement on pay and conditions, breaking an impasse with sporting authorities which led to a strike last November.

Reuters February 19, 2020 23:12:57 IST
Spanish top-flight division's women footballers sign historic collective pay agreement, breaks impasse with sporting authorities
  • The agreement guarantees Primera Division players a minimum salary of € 16,000 ( £13,278) per year as well as paid holiday and maternity leave among other benefits.

  • Sports Minister Irene Lozano termed it as a historic day.

  • Ruben Alcaine, president of the Association of Women’s Football Clubs (ACFF) was also satisfied with the outcome.

Madrid: Spain’s top-flight women footballers have signed their first collective agreement on pay and conditions, breaking an impasse with sporting authorities which led to a strike last November.

Spanish topflight divisions women footballers sign historic collective pay agreement breaks impasse with sporting authorities

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The agreement, which was signed on Tuesday but only made public on Wednesday, guarantees Primera Division players a minimum salary of € 16,000 ( £13,278) per year as well as paid holiday and maternity leave among other benefits.

“This is a historic day because this collective agreement is very important for players who were worried about their futures,” said sports minister Irene Lozano.

“It’s also important for all Spanish women because when one group of people makes advances then so does everyone else.”

Ruben Alcaine, president of the Association of Women’s Football Clubs (ACFF), added: “This is a moment to celebrate and now all actors in women’s football need to work together.

“We needed a sustainable model for women’s football in order to arm the sport with better resources.”

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