The US Soccer Federation has provided an identical contracts to its males’s and ladies’s nationwide groups in an try and resolve its gender pay dispute.
In Might 2020, a lawsuit from the ladies’s workforce for equal pay was dismissed by a choose, with an enchantment pending.
The USSF says a single equal pay construction is “the perfect path ahead”.
In a strongly worded tweet, america Girls’s Nationwide Crew Gamers Affiliation (USWNTPA) described the proposal as a “PR stunt”.
USSF has known as on gamers and their unions for help in serving to to “equalise” World Cup prize cash, which is on the root of the groups’ pay hole.
However an announcement on the USWNTPA Twitter account questioned the provide, stating: “USSF’s PR stunts and bargaining via the media won’t deliver us any nearer to a good settlement.
“In distinction, we’re dedicated to bargaining in good religion to realize equal pay and the most secure working circumstances potential.
“The proposal that USSF made just lately to us does neither.”
President Cindy Parlow Cone stated in an open letter on 10 September that “the large discrepancy” in World Cup prize cash is “by far probably the most difficult challenge” within the negotiations with the groups.
“Till Fifa equalises the prize cash that it awards to the boys’s and ladies’s World Cup contributors, it’s incumbent upon us to collectively discover a answer,” she stated.
The USSF has beforehand stated ladies’s World Cup bonuses can not match these of the boys due to big variations in funds made to federations by Fifa for males’s and ladies’s tournaments.
“US Soccer won’t comply with any collective bargaining settlement that doesn’t take the essential step of equalising Fifa World Cup prize cash,” a USSF assertion stated.
Girls’s World Cup: What’s the pay hole?
The US received the Girls’s World Cup for the fourth time in France in 2019 and have claimed Olympic gold 5 instances. The lads’s workforce didn’t qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Prize cash on the 2018 males’s World Cup totalled $400m (£312m), with winners France receiving $38m (£29.7m). The prize fund for the 2019 Girls’s World Cup was $30m (£23.4m), with winners america receiving $4m (£3.1m).
The lawsuit from the ladies’s workforce was filed by 28 ladies’s nationwide workforce gamers searching for $66m (£52.8m) in damages beneath the Equal Pay Act.
“This proposal will present a income sharing construction that will enable all events to start anew and share collectively within the alternative that mixed funding in the way forward for US Soccer will ship over the course of a brand new collective bargaining settlement,” the USSF assertion added.
The lads’s and ladies’s unions are separate and don’t have any obligation to cut price collectively or agree related phrases beneath US legislation.
If both social gathering doesn’t comply with a brand new deal, US Soccer says it’ll invite every union to sit down in on negotiations for full transparency.