Gender equality in football - how we negotiated equal rights for the Matildas & Socceroos
In November this year, Football Federation Australia (FFA) and the Professional Footballers Australia (PFA) reached a landmark deal for a new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) that closes the pay gap between Australia’s National Teams, the Socceroos and the Matildas. The deal has been widely hailed as a significant step forward for equal rights in football and praised for its progressive approach to gender equality.
This article explains the principles that the authors drew upon when negotiating the CBA, and how those principles were used as framework to build out the key constituent parts of the deal. Specifically, it looks at:
- The concept of “Jämställdhet” – Sweden’s progressive ideology on equality and gender discrimination developed in the 1970s;
- Translating the concept of “progressive equality” into professional (team) sport;
- Using “progressive equality” to negotiate the National Team CBA;
- The Remuneration Model
- The Performance Model
- The Commercial Model
- Next steps: universal application
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- Tags: Athlete Welfare | Australia | Collective Bargaining Agreement | Employment | Equality | Football | Football Federation Australia (FFA) | Matildas | Professional Footballers Australia | Socceroos
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Kathryn is the Deputy Chief Executive of Professional Footballers Australia and the former Matildas captain