AFL UMPIRES have committed to the same wage cuts as players.
In a deal signed off on Friday, the AFL and the AFL Umpires Association decreed umpires would receive pay cuts of 50 per cent for April and May, and 70 per cent thereafter if matches remain suspended.
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Upon resumption of matches, the cuts will be 50 per cent.
The measures were the latest plank of the collaborative scaling down approach of the football industry in dealing with the shutdown due to the coronavirus outbreak, following a dramatic standing down of 80 per cent staff at all clubs and the AFL, as well as the player salary amendments announced late last week.
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AFL head of umpiring Grant Williams said: "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."
Umpires have agreed to make themselves available through to the end of December as part of the industry's commitment to play the remaining 144 matches, and finals, of the 2020 season.