Barcelona players represent their teammates before the Catalan team’s board.
Lionel Messi, Gerard Piqué, Sergi Roberto and Sergio Busquets, the four captains of Barcelona, sent a hard letter towards the Camp Nou offices, addressed directly to President Josep Maria Bartomeu, considering “sultry” his behavior in the negotiations on the salary reduction and the little communication with the establishment. And they accuse the directive of wanting to “violate” their rights.
In the letter published by the newspaper The world, claim their right to negotiate their remuneration separately from the rest of the club’s employees, based on the special statute granted by Royal Decree 1006/1985, which regulates the employment relationship of professional athletes.
“We are not going to tolerate the club infringing our rights with the arguments made in its letter, which consider that the only way to obtain its objective is through joint actions of all the groups and sections of the club, when at the same time they recognize, entering into a clear contradiction, that some of said groups and sections have already made the economic adjustments they want, “the four argue.
However, this is not enough, but they consider that within the leadership they not only handle themselves badly when acting, but also that in the interdictions the players are always left as the culprits of the situation.
Despite the conflict that surrounds them, the back and forth, the bad manners and what is lost due to the lack of communication, the players are clear that regardless of what is happening, they do not want to reach a negotiation table. that by having only one representative at a table of thirteen members, their capacity, voice and vote would be totally null.
“It results in us sultry that state in writing that our rights are guaranteed, offering us the election of a representative of our collective at a table of 13 members, so that, in reality, our deterrent capacity is nil“, they maintain.
Also at stake are the numbered days that the director has left.tive if the motion of censure which was planned for November 1 or 2, although the leadership requested that it be carried out between the 15th and 16th of the same month, due to health protocols due to the pandemic and the request of the Generalitat for more voting points, greater control and different schedules to avoid crowds.
This could delay everything and give the president more days of power, since the agreement period on the salary cut runs until November 5.
It all started when Bartomeu clarified that due to the drop in income due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it should reduce salaries by 30%, although the players had already had their salaries cut smoothly at the beginning of the year, to ensure that sports personnel continued to receive their full and orderly salaries.
The leadership planned a negotiation table in which the players had only one representative. The conflict began when the campus sent a burofax, showing dissatisfaction, taking into account that even in a pandemic, expenses are seen within the institution, when at the same time they are ordered to lower their salaries.