Spanish footballers secure ground-breaking contracts following strike action

England's Toni Duggan, right, celebrating a goal for Atleico Madrid (PA Images)
England's Toni Duggan, right, celebrating a goal for Atleico Madrid (PA Images)
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Women's footballers in Spain's top division have agreed historical central contracts following their recent strike action.

The ground-breaking move means that women in the Primeria Division will have a collective bargaining agreement (CBA) for the first time.

Players' unions have been in talks with the association of clubs (ACFF) for the last 18 months to secure a higher minimum wage alongside injury and holiday pay.

After talks broke down, over 200 players went on strike which meant all matches in the league were called off.

The action prompted talks to begin once again and players have now secured the contracts they set out to get.

This evening the CBA will be presented to the Spanish Congress and the players' demands of a minimum wage of 16,000 euros and injury and holiday pay are expected to be met.

And the President of the Association of Spanish Footballers, David Aganzo, has praised the move.

"It has been an honour to sign the first women's collective agreement," he said.

"Thanks to the courage, union and companionship of the players, we have made this new milestone a reality in the history of our association and Spanish sport."

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