After months of collections and negotiations, the Canadian women’s national team finally managed to reach an agreement with the Canadian Football Federation regarding payments for the year 2023. The new agreement, provisional in nature, guarantees that the athletes will receive the same amount of money agreed with the men’s team.
There are, however, some details. Part of the prize money the women’s team will receive for participating in the World Cup will be used to pay the men’s team’s salary arrears. The men’s team has not yet received the contributions for its participation in the World Cup in Qatar and has been trying to negotiate with the Federation for around eight months.
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The players, however, criticized the Federation’s position during the negotiations and even said that the country’s organization is using the women’s team to reach an agreement that benefits them. Athletes welcome the decision on equal pay, but are also dissatisfied with certain conditions.
In a statement posted on its social networks, the Canadian women’s team declared that it would continue to fight for a better agreement. “We were forced to choose between receiving a share of the rewards for our teams’ success at the World Cup or the same salary and treatment as the men’s team. It’s a choice we shouldn’t have to make. “
“It’s not over yet. We and the Men’s National Team remain committed to finding a long-term solution that provides fair and equal treatment for our national teams, as well as an investment in the future of Canadian soccer, but for now our team just wants to focus on football.”
With 4 points, Canada occupies second place in Group B and is competing for a place in the round of 16 of the World Cup. The team’s decisive match will take place against Australia, next Monday, the 31st, at 7 a.m. (Brasilia time).
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