Spanish women players call off strike

The players went on strike at the start of the month before the first two fixtures of the season

By Web Desk
September 14, 2023
Spanish team celebrates after winning the FIFA World Cup. - AFP

The Liga F organisation said on Thursday that the unions representing players in Spain's women's football league called off their strike after reaching an agreement on minimum wages.

After failing to reach an agreement with the league on better conditions and pay, the players went on strike at the start of the month before the first two fixtures of the season.

"The commitment and repeated efforts of the clubs during the negotiation process have made a fundamental contribution to achieving the much-needed peace scenario without losing sight of the sustainability of the competition," Liga F said in a statement.

"A scenario that we hope will show the way to the rest of the institutions that form part of Spanish sport and allow the project of women's professional football to move forward."

Liga F is the organising body of the top league of women's football in Spain.

The strike was not related to the furore over Luis Rubiales, who resigned this week as head of the Spanish football federation amid widespread condemnation of his kiss on the lips of Spanish player Jenni Hermoso at the medal ceremony after the national side's World Cup victory last month.

The entire World Cup-winning squad and other leading female footballers in Spain have said they will boycott the national women's team while the current leadership of that federation remains in place.

The parties signed an agreement for the next three seasons, guaranteeing a minimum salary of 21,000 euros ($22,550) for the current season, with the potential to rise to 23,000 euros depending on the growth of commercial income.

The minimum salary for next season will be 22,500 euros, with the potential to rise up to 25,000 euros, and the minimum salary for the final season covered by the agreement has been set at 23,500 euros, potentially increasing to 28,000 euros.

— Additional input from Reuters