Collective Bargaining Agreement Afl
For the 2021 AFL season, a new collective agreement has been introduced, which aims to reduce primary lists to 38 and player payments. With out-of-contract stars Dustin Martin, Josh Kelly and Nat Fyfe already the subject of a multi-million euro offer, League boss Gillon McLachlan welcomed the collective bargaining agreement by proposing that the extra money reward superstar talent. After months of discussions between the league and the AFL Players Association, the parties finally confirmed Friday that a new collective agreement had been reached for 2021. Under the agreement, the lists have been reduced, with at least 37 players and a maximum of 44 players. Player payments fell by 9% in 2021, although current players will lose only 3.5 percent of their salary next year. The discrepancy between these two figures is the result of a reduction in the salaries of incoming policyholders, the grinding of list sizes and the termination provisions of contracts. Contract negotiations with this year`s players have been halted by the confused transfer of the new collective agreement, but they can now continue. The AFL and the AFL Players` Association have agreed to amend the collective agreement for 2021 in response to the lingering effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and have also agreed to develop a new agreement for the period 2022-2024. Given the continuing uncertainties regarding the impact of COVID in 2021, the AFL and AFLpa have also agreed on a 2021 system in which players will participate in the upward financial trend if the sector`s actual football revenues exceed the AFL`s current forecasts and the overall amount of the sector should be lower than the AFL`s forecast. As part of the revised agreement, the AFL and AFLPA also agreed to establish a working group to examine future revenue-generating opportunities, such as revised play and revised rules on independent agreements and trade restrictions for players. AFL General Manager Gillon McLachlan praised the 2021 variant and thanked AFL CEO Paul Marsh and AFL players for their full collaboration during the 2020 season and their willingness to work with the AFL and clubs to prepare for 2021. “I want to thank Paul and all the stakeholders for the sacrifices they have made this year and for their continued commitment to keeping our industry sustainable and strong while continuing to work on the continuing challenges of the Covid pandemic,” said McLachlan.
“Our players have been fantastic in their approach to the game, and while everyone in the industry has had to endure pain, we recognize the importance of the players and the need to ensure that we have a system that continues to attract and retain the best athletes in the country.” AFLPA CEO Paul Marsh thanked the players for their commitment to the game in securing a revised CBA. “We believe this is a fair agreement that recognizes the role that players continue to play in continuing the sector`s growth, despite the continuing challenges of COVID-19,” Marsh said. “The players take their partnership with the industry very seriously, and the result of the revised CBA reflects this, while minimizing the impact on the pay of individual players.” What is important is that there will be no cuts to programs and services that support mental health and player development off the field, as well as the Injury Fund to support our former players.