Matildas waltz out over poor pay claim
BRISBANE Roar and Matildas star Katrina Gorry says Australia’s women players are fed up with being “disrespected” as relations between Football Federation Australia and Professional Footballers Australia sour further.
The Matildas withdrew from a camp in Sydney yesterday, effectively going on strike and placing the upcoming tour of the US in jeopardy, after talks between FFA and the players’ union to secure a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA) broke down.
“We’ll be standing strong. This is what needs to happen,” said Gorry, who warned similar strike action was set to derail the new W-League season if FFA “can’t accept what we want”.
“We feel disrespected and we’re really disappointed. We go into these camps and tournaments and a lot of the time we’re out of pocket.
“We’ve still got bills to pay, whether we’re at home or away with the team.”
PFA said Matildas players were “unfairly remunerated for the work they undertake”, “denied access to a high-performance environment, which dramatically reduces their ability to compete with the world’s best” and “restricted in their ability to grow the women’s game”.
FFA chief executive David Gallop hit back, saying the Matildas had been “dragged” into a dispute about the PFA’s A-League grievances.
“Today FFA entered the talks in good faith with the intention of finalising the CBA, based on assurances from the PFA’s leadership that the parties were not far apart,” Gallop said.
“Instead, we were presented with a fresh set of demands that amount to millions of dollars of unfunded commitments. The new demands are simply not affordable and the PFA knows it.”
Yesterday’s stand-off added to a tough time for Gorry, whose Roar club remains heavily in debt and facing the prospect of being wound up next week unless a bill of more than $30,000 is paid to Gambaro Pty Ltd.