Thursday, June 4, 2020

Barça confirm that it will apply an ERTO that will also affect athletes (Toni Padilla)

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Barça has confirmed that it will apply a Temporary Employment Regulation File (ERTO) to reduce the salaries of workers and athletes, without specifying numbers. However, these would be linked to the reduction of working hours for each worker affected. As the ARA advanced, the directive understands that drastic measures need to be taken to tackle a crisis that they had not anticipated. So far, however, he has not announced numbers, as there is no agreement with members of the first team squad.

Following the telematic meeting of the Board of Directors on Thursday, it announced the “presentation of the various files related to the sports area (football and other professional sports), as well as to the rest of the non-sports staff. These files will be processed in front of the Department of Labor of the Generalitat de Catalunya, once the Club has shared with all its staff, sporting and non-sports, all the aspects related to these measures, and their scope. working day, imposed by the circumstances and the protection measures carried out, and, as a consequence, the proportional reduction in the remuneration provided for in the respective contracts, “according to the club in a statement.

In the last hours, many workers have been informed of this decision, prompting a statement from the company committee, published by SER, which criticizes employees for not informing themselves. Committee. The salary of the workers means less than 4% of the club’s expenses.

No agreement with the players

Barça’s announcement comes as negotiations were still underway with the first team players on how much of their pay would be cut. The management and the staff have been negotiating these days different formulas, without success. A case that takes even more to the limit the already complicated relationship between the offices and the dressing room. By the 2019/20 season, incidents such as the Abidal-Messi fight in the networks, opposing views on Neymar’s signing or dissatisfaction of footballers with the manner of Valverde’s dismissal, had already happened. Now the first-team squad agrees to cut their pay, but not as much as the board would like.

The proposal of the directive to all professional sections (men’s and women’s football, basketball, handball, futsal and roller hockey) was a 70% reduction in salary during the crisis, taking into account an ERTO with a reduction in working day. First-team footballers have rejected it and have proposed to cut 30% of their salary throughout the season, as explained by RAC1. That is, if football returns in June, they would continue to charge 30% less. This season the projected budget for sports salaries was 642 million, 61% of the total budget of the season. Almost 50% of the club’s total budget, in fact, is for the salaries of first-team players. The board, determined to push the pay cut for the players, will present the ERTO whether or not they reach an agreement.

Important meeting with FIFA

And yet, as the football world explores different ways to survive the crisis. FIFA, the International Football Federation, met with the European Clubs Association (ECA) and the Professional Players Association (FIFPro) on Thursday to agree on solutions that will allow football to deal with the coronavirus shutdown . And one of the solutions agreed, which could be official in the coming days, would be to regulate the pay cut for professional athletes. In the case of a team like Barça, it could save up to 50% of their salaries before the games return.

The proposal negotiated today by FIFA would imply that each club would cut a different portion of the salary, based on the level of income of football players. Higher paid clubs would save 50% of their salaries while less paying clubs would pay higher payouts to keep their players from collecting very low numbers. The agreement would also entail a ban on firing players during a coronavirus shutdown and the creation of a financial fund to protect the most injured in the football industry in the coming months.

Another important point was when the season could end. All sides consider the current leagues to end, even if they are playing in September. To allow this, all parties would agree that their current contracts be valid until the end of the season, to prevent players with a contract from June 30 from leaving when there are games left to play.

On a day of many meetings, it was also agreed between the League and the Association of Spanish Soccer Players (AFE) that once it returns to training, it will be held jointly in all European leagues.

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