AFL umpires accept pay cut and agree to officiate until end of year


AFL umpires have accepted a 50 per cent pay cut until the end of May, which will increase to 70 per cent if the season shutdown continues beyond then.

They have also agreed to umpire until the end of December if that time is required for the AFL to play the remaining 144 games plus finals, which remains the AFL’s objective despite the coronavirus shutdown.

If games resume they will receive 50 per cent of their normal pay for umpiring an AFL game.

Newly-appointed AFL Umpires Association CEO Rob Kerr led the negotiation with the AFL’s head of umpiring Grant Williams with the deal appearing to parallel the agreement the AFL struck with players at the end of last week.

“The umpires have agreed to take a significant reduction to their salaries to limit the game’s financial losses and to ensure we can keep the industry going,” Williams said.

Kerr praised the umpires for their approach to negotiations saying they “remain willing to play a key role in ensuring we find a way through”.

About 80 per cent of all club and AFL staff have been stood down as a result of the shutdown which has temporarily eliminated most of the game’s revenue streams.



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