Professional Footballers Australia (PFA) Chief Executive Adam Vivian today responded to recent media commentary questioning the discipline and professionalism of members of the Matildas following players’ concerns over the workplace environment.
“Members of the Matildas have professionally and discretely raised with the PFA a number of important issues regarding compliance with the Matildas Collective Bargaining Agreement 2013 – 2015 (CBA) between Football Federation Australia (FFA) and the PFA as well as worrying workplace practices,” said Vivian.
“Accordingly, the players have given detailed briefings to the PFA and we are currently compiling a report to FFA to form the basis of ongoing negotiations to address the players’ needs.”
Matters raised by the players with the PFA include:
“Contrary to the recent media speculation, the dispute is not about negotiating additional payments or resistance on the part of the players to greater professionalism. The players are seeking improved levels of performance and accountability, not less, as the recent performances against Brazil demonstrate. Further, as the current CBA does not expire until 30 June 2015, the amount players are paid will not be negotiated for some time.
“The PFA and the players remain committed to the objective of establishing a fully professional high performance culture within women’s football. Professional football is a career, and not merely a recreation or hobby. The application of the professional workplace standards is therefore non-negotiable."
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