Colombian footballers file a claim with the labor ministry

The differences between the Colombian Soccer Federation and the players continue to generate risks and finally this Tuesday the Colombian Association of Soccer Players presented a letter in the mystery of work so that the negotiations between the players and the Federation and the Major Division are regulated.

The objective is to obtain guarantees in labor improvements since the Colombian Association of soccer players maintains that they have not been taken into account when conducting different businesses. As explained by the group, they presented documentation to the Dimayor and the Federation, but did not obtain answers since the entities allege that they are not employers and should contact the clubs.

Given these irregularities, different meetings were held with the clubs and players and finally this Tuesday after more than a thousand footballers signed the order, a claim was submitted to the Ministry of Labor.

“We refer the request of 1,031 affiliated professional soccer players to insist on ACOLFUTPRO’s collective bargaining with the FCF and Dimayor, the same one that has been unknown by the aforementioned employers’ organizations”, the statement details. And add: “The petition was approved in a general assembly held in each of the club headquarters, through which they ratify the specifications presented on September 11, 2019 and confirm the support of the negotiators appointed in the same formulation.”

The claims are various and according to the newspaper El Tiempo published some of the requests made would be that the tournament ends before December 10 and that the rest stages in the middle of the year last at least 15 days. In addition, the soccer players demand that the statute of the player be worked with, that the mandatory provisions of FIFA be applied in Colombia and that the percentage of transfers in favor of the player be increased.

“We reiterate our unwavering vocation for dialogue and urge the Ministry of Labor to order the legal representatives of the FCF and the DIMAYOR to respect the fundamental right of collective bargaining and abide by the international labor conventions 87, 98 and 154 of the ILO, ratified by Colombia, and the inter-American human rights system, especially the advisory opinion of May 21, which deals with freedom of association, ”the statement concludes.

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