Adelaide United players will receive substantially higher payments for their friendlies against Liverpool and Villarreal after an independent arbitrator was called in.
The Professional Footballers Australia (PFA) said on Saturday the players would “receive a significantly higher rate of remuneration” for the friendlies.
PFA chief executive Adam Vivian said Reds players had been upset by the club’s approach.
The PFA's position is that the friendly payments are outside the salary cap, despite reports they could be included inside.
“The decision highlights that the offer made by the club to the players for their participation in the matches was neither fair nor equitable,” he said.
“Additionally, it acknowledges an important principle that players, like all workers, should be paid accordingly for the services they provide.
“Before referring the matter to the independent arbitrator, the Adelaide United players attempted on numerous occasions to reach a pay agreement with the club, but were left frustrated by the club’s refusal to negotiate and a lack of transparency.
“The players sought a fair share of the commercial revenue generated through their participation in the two matches, contrary to the public comments made by Adelaide United.
“The inability of the club to engage in the fair treatment of its employees, without the intervention of an arbitrator, has been disappointing to the players who have continued to uphold the highest standards of professionalism throughout.
“This matter further highlights the importance of a collective bargaining agreement and independent grievance arbitration to safeguard player rights and entitlements.”
The Reds suffered a 3-2 loss to Villarreal in May and face Liverpool at Adelaide Oval on Monday.comments