After lengthy negotiations, Football Federation Australia (FFA) and Professional Footballers Australia (PFA) have resolved the ‘whole of game’ collective bargaining agreement (CBA).
The announcement follows months of visible – and at times contentious – discussions and negotiations between the two parties, during which the Socceroos cancelled commercial appearances in August the Matildas undertook industrial action in September (forcing the cancellation of the USA tour).
Today’s announcement sees CBAs in place for the A-League, Matildas and Socceroos running until 31 June 2019.
For the Matildas it sees an increase in the wages for the 20 contracted players including:
- increased match payments and daily allowances for all players during Matildas camps and matches
- an immediate increase in the Matildas remuneration structure that will see the top tier Matildas receive $41,000 per annum (base salary), with a second tier set at $30,000 per annum (base salary)
- A 10% per annum increase in players remuneration will result in the overall investment doubling across the term
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FFA CEO David Gallop said the new CBA agreement would provide the economic foundation for a renewed period of growth.
“Working through and achieving the Whole of Game CBA with the PFA has been a challenge and produced difficult moments but we are glad the deal is now finally done.”
PFA Chief Executive Adam Vivian said this is an historic agreement for football and for sport.
“The Whole of Game CBA will advance football in Australia with increased professionalism while securing the careers of Australia’s elite footballers,” Vivian said.
“The agreement also sees significant improvements in elite women’s pay and conditions. Our elite female players deserve a full-time professional career path in football and this agreement represents a solid foundation we can build on.
“The landmark agreement contains measures that are very important to all professional players including an increase in the minimum wage, increased and improved entitlements, safeguarding of important insurances, access to medical services, an enhanced commitment to player education and development and support for players in coping with transition and life post football.”
“The PFA Executive and Delegates Committee’s would like to thank the fellow professionals for their patience and commitment to getting the best deal possible. The players have reaffirmed their commitment to working together with FFA, the clubs and the fans to grow the game in Australia and remain committed to ensuring Australian football delivers on its enormous potential.”
The Matildas are due to attend camp next year in preparation for the 2016 Rio Olympics.