Espanyol and Atlético have followed Barcelona’s line this Friday and have joined an ERTE (Temporary Employment Regulation File). The serious economic situation that they suffer due to the paralysis of the competitions due to the coronavirus pandemic have caused them to have to take these extreme measures, which consequently have a reduction in the salaries of their staff. In the case of the mattress box, it has been Miguel Ángel Gil Marín, general manager of the club, in which he has communicated the measure to his members. “Unfortunately, and with the sole objective of guaranteeing the survival of the club, we are obliged to request a Temporary Employment Regulation File for those professionals who, due to the declared state of alarm in our country, cannot carry out their work when their activity has completely ceased, as well as for those whose working hours has been significantly reduced. Both cases affect both employees and players and technicians of our teams, “he reports.
There are already three Primera teams that have taken this measure. Barcelona, this Thursday, Atlético and Espanyol, in this case two of the five teams with the least economic potential to face such an extreme situation. The first to announce it was the parakeet box. He has issued a statement in which he explains that those affected will be all his professional squads -first men’s and women’s teams and also the subsidiary- and even youth A and B. In addition, according to the note, the Barcelona entity has done so “unilaterally for reasons of urgency and responsibility”, although it clarifies that the members of the first team have understood the seriousness of the situation and are willing to collaborate. What is proposed is a 70% cut in working hours and wages.
In the case of Atlético, the communication has not been made official. However, Gil Marín has already told the partners. “A situation as serious as this forces us to make decisions as complicated as necessary for the good of the entity. I want to thank everyone who works at the club for their special effort on these difficult days. Unfortunately, and with the sole objective of guaranteeing the survival of the club, we are forced to request a Temporary Employment Regulation File «.
In addition, Gil Marín sends a message of encouragement. “In this situation of uncertainty that our sector is going through, we must join forces and work together to try to recover normalcy in the world of football as soon as possible. It is time for generosity, humility, solidarity, effort, reaching out and reaching agreements to find a valid solution for all groups: institutions, clubs, players, technicians, fans …«. At the moment, the amount of the discount is unknown.
Barcelona also asked its stars for a 70% reduction, something the squad has not agreed to. She has only been willing to cut 20%, a figure agreed for example by professionals at Bayern Munich. Now it has been Espanyol that has followed in the wake of the neighbor because he is unable to endure in the current context, which keeps inactive national and international competitions. “At the same time that the club has reported said decision -in reference to ERTE-, The first team players and the parties involved have mutually agreed to open a negotiating table in order to assess the situation., to be able to follow up on events and, where appropriate, adopt by consensus the additional measures or decisions based on the events that affect the competition, «details the statement from the ‘perica’ entity. From now on, the labor authority must decide on the request made by Espanyol.
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The parakeet club appreciates the understanding of the staff and ensures that, once the reality of the entity is known, «understands the urgency and sensitivity of the situation and has shown his will and predisposition to reach a friendly agreement without having to take more drastic labor measures, allowing the club to flexibilize the terms of the most immediate salary assets with the sole objective of safeguarding and helping from its position the institution to get ahead in these bad times. The staff have expressed their commitment to the entity, appealing to their responsibility and placing the club’s future ahead of everything, «maintain the leaders in a note in which they add that they too will tighten their belts. “In solidarity with those affected and in support of the club, the general management and the sports management have voluntarily decided an annual reduction in their salaries equivalent to the annual loss of those affected.”
The statement ends with an invitation to understand a very difficult moment in which normal functioning becomes impossible. «It is a unique situation and never experienced by society, by football in general, by professionals from Espanyol and by the ‘parrot’ family, that we know is suffering. We must show courage and above all be together as a club, to win in any of the circumstances that may occur along the way and thus be able to achieve the victory that we all want; overcome this situation healthy «.