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Spanish women's footballers secure historic league-wide contracts following strike

The Telegraph logo The Telegraph 19/02/2020 Molly McElwee
Ludmila Da Silva, player of Atletico de Madrid from Brazil, celebrates a goal with Toni Duggan, player of Atletico de Madrid from England, during the Women's Champions League football match, Round of 16 - 2nd Leg, played between Atletico de Madrid Femenino and Manchester City at Wanda Sports Center in Alcala de Henares on October 30, 2019 in Madrid, Spain - Getty Images © Getty Images Ludmila Da Silva, player of Atletico de Madrid from Brazil, celebrates a goal with Toni Duggan, player of Atletico de Madrid from England, during the Women's Champions League football match, Round of 16 - 2nd Leg, played between Atletico de Madrid Femenino and Manchester City at Wanda Sports Center in Alcala de Henares on October 30, 2019 in Madrid, Spain - Getty Images

Female footballers in Spain's top division have finally secured historic league-wide contracts, after more than a year of negotiations over a pay dispute which saw the players go on strike last November

The association of clubs (ACFF) and various players' unions had been locked in talks over the league's first ever collective bargaining agreement (CBA) for nearly 18 months, but finally put pen to paper last night in Madrid, a month after the planned date of signing. 

The delay was symptomatic of the stalling nature of these negotiations, which saw the Iberdrola Primera players and clubs primarily clash over wage demands.

Though they had agreed on minimum full-time player salaries of €16,000, the ACFF's main gripe was with the request for part-time player salaries to be €12,000, rather than the €8,000 they had proposed.

On Wednesday evening the CBAs will be presented officially at the Spanish Congress in Madrid, where this demand as well as players' request for maternity, holiday and injury pay are expected to have been met. 

The ACFF's original refusal to compromise led to the players boycotting all eight league games during one weekend in November.

The strike action worked in convincing the clubs to go back to the negotiating table that same month, as they courted funding offers from the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) and Mediapro in exchange of broadcasting rights to help them meet the player demands. 

Yesterday, over a month after the January 15 deadline the players had set after suspending their boycott, the parties came to an agreement, with the ACFF confirming to Marca on Monday that they had secured the necessary funding thanks to a Mediapro broadcasting agreement. 

David Aganzo, president of the AFE, one of the players' unions involved in negotiations, said forming part of the historic agreement had been an 'honour'. 

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