Australia Female National Team Players To Earn Equal Pay To Thei Male Team

Australia’s professional female footballers have been confirmed pay rise that will see them receive the same equal wage as their male national counterparts.
Under a new collective agreement unveiled on the eve of the World Cup 2019 in France, the annual pay for players in the W-League was increased 33 percent to Aus$16,344 (US$11,393). The women league season is much shorter than the A-League.
The W-League, which typically runs from November to February, has been growing in popularity with high hopes that standards will improve further as the country targets hosting the 2023 Women’s World Cup.
The Australia Football Federation has hailed the wage increase as “an outcome that delivers on the gender equity principle of ‘same base pay for same base work'”.
“This means that players in the Westfield W-League and Hyundai A-League will receive the same minimum remuneration hourly rate,” said FFA Head of Leagues Greg O’Rourke.
Previously the W-League were considered amateur and received only reimbursement of expenses, but that changed in 2017 when they won better employment conditions.
The head chief of the Australia Prefessional Footballers John Didulica expresses his happiness saying he was “proud” to have secured another “landmark step for women footballers”.
This breakthrough came as a result with the PFA spearheading a push for increased prize money at the World Cup in France that gets under way on Friday.
“It is the players themselves who are the victims of the discrimination,” Didulica told broadcaster ABC.
Australia has emerged as a champion for equality in the sports arena with netballers and women cricketers also winning better pay deals in recent years.

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