Barcelona became this Thursday the first club in the League to formally request an ERTE with the aim of protecting its battered economy during the coronavirus pandemic. The Blaugrana group issued a statement after ten o’clock at night in which it reported its decision to go to the Department of Labor of the Generalitat of Catalonia and present various temporary employment regulation files related to its workers and also to sports personnel. The lack of income and the treasury problems emanating from the spread of COVID-19 have pushed the Blaugrana leaders to look for a protective shield that allows them to continue operating connected to assisted breathing. Now remains to be seen how they will cope with their stars led by Leo Messi and if they will execute the measure without your consent.
Barça had been talking to their players for several days about the need for a salary cut. The club transferred to the Blaugrana a proposal made in a drop of 70%, something that the wardrobe rejected outright. In fact, this Thursday and before the content of the statement was known, a meeting was held between the parties in which an agreement could not be reached. The footballers raised a 20% cut, but the board asked for more. Finally, there was no white smoke and hours later the culé directive announced its decision to join an ERTE.
Barcelona explained that among the decisions taken «It is worth noting those related to the workplace, motivated by the need to implement measures to adapt the contractual obligations of club staff to the new and transitory circumstances we are experiencing. It is about the presentation of the different relative files in the sports field -football and other professional sports- as well as in the rest of the non-sports staff ».
This means that the club aims to reduce everyone’s salary and take hours off work. Of course, he specifies that before processing the files he will talk with those affected to explain the measures taken. “Basically it is a reduction in the working day, imposed by the circumstances and the protection measures carried out. As a consequence, there will be a proportional reduction in the remuneration provided for in the respective contracts ». He added that he will act with “proportionality criteria” and advanced that You will resume the activity “as soon as possible.”
The step taken by Barcelona came precisely on a day in which FIFA asked the players for a significant drop in salaries with the aim of mitigating the devastating economic effects of the crisis. The body that governs world football understands that footballers must take considerable cuts – in some circles there is talk of a snip of close to 50%, less than what Barça has demanded of its professionals – and thus help to maintain the standing structure. . A structure that will require the creation of an economic fund of hundreds of millions in which the collaboration of all the actors will be necessary: FIFA itself, federations, confederations, television operators, sponsors and footballers.
Atlético also scores its professionals and its coaching staff, aware that its economy cannot bear the weight of contracts with the dead ball and business closed. Many other clubs are studying moving forward along the same path, but not Athletic, which has enough financial muscle and more than healthy numbers. At the moment, Ibaigane has not asked the rojiblancos for anything, although the dressing room is willing to help both the institution and the employees if necessary.