This difficult negotiation provided a case study for the difficult professionalization of women`s sport. The women of the AFLW had virtually no bargaining power. More than 30% had voted against the agreement in early October, but if they continued to reject it, they risked self-sabotage by questioning a pre-season that begins in November. The compromise means that, until the end of the agreement, competition remains well below the objective of a full timetable. The NAB AFL Women`s Collective agreement was approved by 98 percent of the gaming group after the initial contract was recusaled in early October. AFLW players have agreed on a new collective bargaining agreement that will cover the next three seasons. The new agreement was adopted with the agreement of 98% of the gaming group – after an earlier CBA proposal failed a player vote. While the AFLW 2020`s off-season was dominated by difficult collective bargaining, during which a significant minority of players insisted that a vision of the speed of professionalization of competition could be realized, this was the culmination of a crisis. AFLW players voted in favor of a new compromise on a collective bargaining agreement that ends a protracted stalemate and secures the league`s future for the next three years. Subsequently, the media suggested that a solution could be found in the form of a collective agreement between the men`s and women`s competitions – the AFLPA claiming to have passed the idea on to the clubs.
THE NEGOTIATIONS for the AFLW players` collective bargaining agreement will be delayed after the AFL`s latest offer did not receive the sufficient support I supported with this current CBA and 70% of the players in our big league. I hope we can get a SOON resolution so that we can all focus on what we like, and that`s PLAY FOOTY!!! #AFLW @aflwomens @AFLPlayers Last week, 70% of the AFLW gaming group hoped to get 5% more on board to ratify the collective bargaining agreement that the players` union has been working on for six months. Unfortunately, this has not been the case and there is still no date for the start of the pre-season. Please note that this document does not reflect the revised CBA agreement between the AFL and the AFLPA for 2021. More information about these changes can be found in the attached press note. The new contract also includes higher annual salaries for players, a longer pre-season period and more development time, standard two-year gaming contracts, increased player development funding and an independent review of the AFLW.