The AFL and players have pledged to work together on a collective bargaining agreement following an AFL Players’ Association (AFLPA) meeting regarding pay.
Private health insurance is one of the terms of the current deal, which expires on October 31 this year.
According to then-AFLPA chief executive Brendon Gale, the deal – which first came into play in 2007 – “recognised the contribution players make to the game as well as delivering security and stability for players and the football industry alike”.
In addition to private health insurance, the minimum wage for rookies, as well as first and second-year players was increased and a $35 million contribution was made to the AFLPA retirement fund.
The AFLPA met over pay this Wednesday (June 29) evening and possible strike action has been ruled out for now.
“We want a fair negotiation and we want a fair outcome for everyone involved – players, supporters, clubs; all stakeholders,” remarked Luke Ball, AFLPA vice-president.
Approximately 400 players were in attendance at the meeting at Melbourne’s Crown Casino, while others gathered in Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane, the Gold Coast and Sydney to link up with the meeting via video conference.
Today (June 30) is the deadline for a new collective bargaining agreement.