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Australian elite women footballers to earn identical base pay as men

Australia's women soccer players - Sports Leo

Australia’s skilled female footballers secured a landmark pay rise Friday that may see them obtain the identical minimal wage as their male counterparts in a win for gender equality.

Underneath a brand new collective bargaining settlement unveiled on the eve of the World Cup in France, the bottom annual pay for gamers within the W-League was hiked 33% to Aus$16,344 (US$11,393).

Their season is way shorter than the A-League, however pro-rata it matches the men’ minimal wage.

Australia has emerged as a champion for equality within the sports activities environment with netballers and women cricketers additionally getting higher pay offers lately.

Football Federation Australia hailed the step as “an outcome that delivers on the gender equity principle of ‘same base pay for same base work'”.

The deal implies that players in both leagues “will receive the same minimum remuneration hourly rate”, stated FFA Head of Leagues Greg O’Rourke.

Up till two years in the past, many players within the W-League have been a thought-about newbie and obtained solely expense reimbursements, however, that modified in 2017 after they received higher employment situations.

Professional Footballers Australia chief John Didulica stated he was “proud” to have secured one other “landmark step for women footballers”.

The W-League, which generally runs from November to February, has been rising in reputation with high hopes that requirements will enhance additional because the nation targets hosting the 2023 Women’s World Cup.

Australia is on the forefront of closing pay gaps with 17 sporting chief executives, together with cricket, rugby union, and Australian Rules, backing a collaborative effort this 12 months to advance all facets of women’s sport.

“The idea of activating the entire sports ecosystem to hasten change is an approach that could be considered and replicated throughout the world,” tennis legend Billie Jean King, a key supporter, stated at the time.

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