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PFA: Professional Workplace Standards in Women’s Football Are Non-Negotiable

MELBOURNE: Friday April 11, 2014

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.

Matildas seeking greater professionalism and high performance. Getty Images

“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:

  • unilateral imposition of workplace conditions in breach of the CBA;
  • concerns over player contracting, including the provision of notice or payment in lieu;
  • the failure to contract agreed player payments in the manner prescribed in the CBA;
  • a failure to adhere to travel conditions outlined in the CBA;
  • access to State Institutions and/or international standard fitness amenities when away from the Matildas environment;
  • conflicting W-League participation arrangements;
  • the development of a lawful Parental Management Policy;
  • concerns for player health and safety;
  • intimation of non-selection if players take overseas contracts;
  • scheduling and workload concerns, including non-adherence to industrial standards; and
  • disregard for player wellbeing and development and commitments outside of the game.

“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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