Denmark’s Players Union Achieves Gender Pay Equity in Football with New Agreement

Recently, Denmark’s players union Spillerforeningen made headlines by securing a groundbreaking agreement with the Danish Football Association (DBU) that ensures both the men’s and women’s national teams will receive equal pay and conditions during tournaments. This move came after the men’s team rejected a proposed pay increase, leading to discussions that resulted in a significant step towards gender pay equity in football.

Spillerforeningen’s Director Michael Sahl Hansen described the negotiations with the football association as smooth and efficient, with both parties reaching a consensus before the upcoming Euro 2024. The women’s team expressed their appreciation for the support from the male players but emphasized that the funding for their equal pay and conditions should not come from the men’s team, but from the DBU. Looking ahead, the women’s team eagerly anticipates the upcoming negotiations with the football association post-summer.

Equal Basic Remuneration and Shared Facilities

Under the new agreement, both sets of national team players will be entitled to the same basic remuneration for their appearances. Additionally, a joint base will be established for the collective use of the men’s, women’s, and youth teams, fostering a sense of unity and collaboration within Danish football. Moreover, the women’s team will benefit from a 50% increase in insurance coverage, while the men’s under-21 team will see a 40% boost, offset by a 15% reduction in the men’s team’s insurance coverage.

Spillerforeningen successfully expedited the start of negotiations between the women’s team and the DBU, bringing the timeline forward by a year to ensure prompt action and progress in achieving gender pay equity. This proactive approach demonstrates a commitment to fostering inclusivity and fairness within Danish football, setting a positive example for other national teams and football associations worldwide.

Continued Progress Towards Gender Equity

In previous years, the men’s team had offered the women’s side a yearly sum of £60,000 ($75,973) during their dispute with the DBU. At that time, the DBU’s proposal had repercussions, including the women’s national team losing their employee status. The recent agreement marks a significant milestone in the journey towards gender equity in football, showcasing the power of collaboration, dialogue, and advocacy in effecting positive change within sports organizations. Denmark’s players union’s successful efforts underscore the importance of ongoing commitment and action in promoting equality and fairness in football and beyond.


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