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Women’s strike wrecks their weekend matches

A STRIKE by women footballers in Spain’s top division, over a pay dispute, saw all eight fixtures postponed last weekend. Nearly 200 players from 16 clubs voted to strike in October, after more than a year of failed negotiations.

They are demanding a professional agreement that regulates minimum working conditions, rights to minimum wages and measures for maternity. Saturday’s two matches games, and six more on Sunday, were called off.

UDG Tenerife did not to travel to their game at Espanyol because their Friday flight was severely delayed by technical problems. But they had planned to strike last Saturday anyway. In a statement on their website, the club said: “We respect the position of the players to support the strike, and we hope an agreement can be reached for the sake of women’s football, and generations to come.”

Levante and Sporting de Huelva posted on social media to confirm their game would not go ahead, adding: “Both clubs decided to join the strike action.”

On Sunday, the matches between Athletic Club and Tacon, Real Sociedad and Barcelona, Real Betis and Sevilla, Valencia and Atletico Madrid, Deportivo and Logrono and Madrid CFF and Rayo Vallecano were all postponed.

A video featuring top players, including Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Ainhoa Tirapu and fellow Spain international Silvia Meseguer of Atletico Madrid, was promoted on social media by the players’ union.

The action was supported by 93% of players, employed by 16 clubs, at a Madrid meeting on 22nd October. Clubs are proposing a minimum wage of 16,000 euros (£13,700), but the players’ unions are asking for at least 20,000 euros (£17,000).

 

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