The players ask to be treated like their male counterparts and, moreover, to be paid at least 12,000 euros per year at half-time.
Nearly 200 Spanish professional women footballers playing in first division clubs voted “unlimited strike”Tuesday, October 22, to denounce the blocking of negotiations on their salaries. Playing in clubs such as FC Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, or Sevilla FC, these players have voted more than 93% in favor of this mobilization whose date has not yet been fixed, said the Association of Spanish footballers (AFE) in a statement (in Spanish).
The negotiations that have been going on for more than a year between the players' unions and the football clubs have stumbled largely on the issue of remuneration. They demand the same working conditions as their male counterparts and also want to be paid at least 12,000 euros per year for part-time contracts, when clubs offer them contracts paid at least 8,000 euros per year.
“What the players need is an employment contract that guarantees their rights, they are full-time footballers”explains in the statement the president of the AFE, David Aganzo. “It's not just about money, it's going much further, we hope to reach an agreement but we had to take drastic action because it's time for women's football, explained the guardian of Athletic Bilbao, Ainhoa Tirapu. We are not fighting for ourselves, but for future generations. “