September 24, 2020

The first collective agreement for women footballers will come into force after months frozen due to a legal problem


The first collective agreement for women footballers will come into force after its publication this Saturday in the Official State Gazette after months of being frozen due to a legal problem. Last February the Association of Women’s Soccer Clubs (ACFF) and the footballers’ unions (AFE, Footballers ON and UGT) signed the first women’s football agreement in Spain after months of negotiations and the first strike in the history of this discipline.

Unions and clubs sign the first Spanish women's football collective agreement

Unions and clubs sign the first Spanish women’s football collective agreement

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But it never got the approval of the General Directorate of Labor due to a clause that did not comply with the law. After months of joint work between unions, clubs, and the Ministry headed by Yolanda Díaz, a consensus has been reached . In the previous wording, it was foreseen to hold an electoral process at the dressing room level to grant the union legitimacy to sign the successive agreements. This process, restricted to changing rooms, would exclude the rest of the workers who make up the club beyond the athletes and, therefore, the majority unions at the club level. Technically, it would convert the agreement into a “sectoral band agreement”, that is, for a professional category. In our legislation, band agreements are not allowed for sectors, although they are for companies. This is the exception that has been resolved in the new wording.

Among the agreements contained in the agreement is an annual minimum salary of 16,000 euros retroactively and 12,000 euros in contracts with a partiality of 75%. It also includes an annual paid vacation of 30 calendar days, of which at least 21 will be enjoyed continuously; coverage in the event of loss or temporary disability of 100% of the soccer player’s remuneration or compensation for death or disabling injury of 60,000 and 90,000 euros, respectively.

In the event of a footballer’s pregnancy during her last contract season, she can renew an additional season under the same conditions as she had.

Although it is published now, the collective agreement will begin its validity on July 1, 2019 and has ended on June 30, 2020. In other words, it is a kind of retroactive agreement. Of course, it can be extended in its entirety season by season if it is not denounced by any of the parties at least three months before the date of its completion or that of any of its extensions.

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