November 18, 2019 / 6:35 PM / 20 days ago

Spanish women's soccer players agree to suspend strike

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Women's Primera Division - FC Barcelona vs CD Tacon - Estadi Johan Cruyff, Barcelona, Spain - September 7, 2019 Barcelona's Jenifer Hermoso scores their seventh goal REUTERS/Albert Gea

(Reuters) - Spain’s top-flight women footballers have temporarily suspended their strike after they edged closer to securing a collective deal with the government over pay and conditions, the Association of Spanish Footballers (AFE) said on Monday.

The strike led to the postponement of last weekend’s women’s Primera Division games but matches for next weekend will go ahead as scheduled.

AFE’s statement said players had agreed to halt the strike and resume working until Dec. 20 after receiving an offer from the ministry for employment which guaranteed players a minimum salary of 16,000 euros (£13,672.50) per year as well as full-time contracts.

“The strike has achieved its objective, which was to bring to light the problem our colleagues face,” said the statement.

“AFE wishes to state that the majority of the players think the offer made by the ministry for employment is positive and our association has told them we are ready to accept it.”

Reporting by Richard Martin, editing by Pritha Sarkar

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