They say no to partial unemployment. The captains of the 42 clubs under the leadership of LaLiga, the body that manages professional football in Spain, reportedly said on Saturday that they were opposed to ERTE (Expedientes de Regulación Temporal de Empleo or Temporary employment regulation files) , according to Mundo Deportivo and the Cadena COPE.
This device allows a company to suspend contracts for a fixed period, during which time it may not pay its employees. A solution that the governing body of the Spanish round ball suggested to clubs, to cope with the total interruption of competitions caused by the pandemic of Covid-19.
Players negotiate lower wages
At a meeting organized on Saturday by videoconference with the president of the Spanish footballers association, David Aganzo, the captains would have assured that certain players were already negotiating a salary cut for the coming months, given the impossibility for them to play matches and train due to containment measures. Sergio Canales, a Betis player, assured the local Andalusian press that he was ready to accept short-time working measures: “We will have to help and I believe that everyone is open to that”. However, players would prefer to wait to see the evolution of the economic situation and the pandemic before making a decision.
A few clubs have already indicated that they intend to use partial unemployment plans. This is the case of FC Barcelona, Espanyol Barcelona and Atlético de Madrid. “In these times of generosity, humility, solidarity, effort, we must reach out and reach agreements to find a viable solution for all: institutions, clubs, players, members of technical staff , the supporters, “said Miguel Angel Gil Marin, general manager of the Madrid club. As for the two Catalan teams, the managers have planned to reduce working days and the remuneration of their employees by 70%.
Spain is one of the countries hardest hit by the health crisis. It has more than 5,700 deaths and more than 40,600 hospitalizations linked to Covid-19. At least 12,280 patients are cured.