AFLW season hanging in the balance as pay dispute rages on

The 2020 season could not happen as the players are not happy with the current pay agreement (PA Images)
The 2020 season could not happen as the players are not happy with the current pay agreement (PA Images)
8:44am, Tue 08 Oct 2019
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The 2020 season of the Australian Women's Football League (AFLW) is hanging in the balance after a pay agreement between players and governing bodies fell through.

The new collective bargaining agreement needed 75% of players on board to be instated but only 70% supported it.

According to reports, the players are demanding a 5% pay increase depending on inflation year-on-year for three seasons.

This is because half of all the players in the AFLW are thought to be earning less than $14,000 last season despite the full-time requirements of the job.

The men's league has a salary cap which says the average player should get paid around $300,000.

The AFLPA said after the agreement was rejected: “Despite the majority of players voting in support of the deal, the AFLPA sought a player support vote of 75% or more to move forward with an approved CBA and, therefore, the deal is not yet approved.

“The AFLPA will now conduct a series of meetings with players to determine the next steps in this process.”

Now that no agreement has been signed the start date of the 2020 cannot be confirmed.

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