A minimum salary of €16,000 gross during the months of the competition and the establishment of full-time contracts. On this basis, the agreement of a collective agreement in women's basketball has been cemented, which has been signed this Thursday at the headquarters of the Higher Sports Council (CSD), in Madrid, by the Association of Clubs of the Women's League and the Association of Basketball Players. The Minister of Education, Vocational Training and Sports, Pilar Alegría; the president of the CSD, Víctor Francos; and the president of the Basketball Federation, Elisa Aguilar, were present at the event. The agreement guarantees that the labor relations between the clubs and the basketball players will be regulated by a stable and defined framework, and not subject to the particular negotiations within each entity. In addition to the minimum wage and the end of partiality in contracts, the agreement provides for the negotiation of more specific conditions for maternity leave and establishes greater guarantees in terms of vacations, breaks, disciplinary regulations and prevention of harassment.
The collective bargaining agreement is now beginning the final legal stages for its publication in the Official State Gazette and its retroactive implementation from the beginning of this season, at the beginning of July, a journey that all parties hope to complete before the end of the year. The pact takes over from the first agreement that was signed in 2008 (at that time the minimum wage was set at 600 euros gross per month) and that for many years has been pending an update according to the development of the sport. It is also the first step towards the challenge of professionalising the Endesa League, an objective marked in red by clubs, players and federation. Basketball is the sport with the most women's licenses in Spain, 130,644 according to 2022 data, above the 87,827 for football.
Elisa Aguilar, president of the Basketball Federation
"This agreement is another step towards full equality in sport," explained Víctor Francos; "The first step is to get rights. It is a courageous, ambitious and, above all, generous agreement. Spanish sport, if it is not feminine, will not be. Either it's feminine or they'll have us in front of them. We have had unpleasant experiences that we did not like and that have to do with the fact that sport is still very masculine and there are people who want it to remain so. They'll have us against them. This will be the mandate of women's sport, of gender equality. If sport is equal, it will be a better country. If we banish certain behaviors, that's fine."
Pilar Alegría participated in her first act in the Council as head of the government's Sports portfolio, and delved into the same idea: "Sport defines us as a country. It is one of the most powerful instruments when it comes to transmitting values. It represents effort, unity, camaraderie. We have to improve the presence of women in the coaching staffs, in refereeing and in the management of sport, and that access is on an equal footing, away from all kinds of stereotypes and violence."
The Spanish Federation and the CSD have acted as mediators in this agreement. "It's the beginning of a new era in Spanish women's basketball. It is a milestone, it improves the conditions of that first agreement that had to be renewed. This is consolidation. Spanish basketball is at the forefront of the fight against gender inequality. And job security will help us keep our country at the top of the competitions," said Elisa Aguilar, federation president since the beginning of October and the first woman in the position in the 100-year history of the institution (and the second at the head of one of the 34 Olympic federations along with Asunción Loriente in rowing).
Lucila Pascua, president of the Players' Association, and a benchmark in Spanish basketball (fifth with the most international matches, 244), stressed the condition of this agreement as the "first stone" towards professionalization, an objective that she does not see far from achieving. And Carmen Muguruza, president of the Association of Clubs, called for another acceleration on this path: "The CSD knows our roadmap. There is no turning back from this process. Women's basketball represents the ability to compromise and the ambition for a better society."
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