Spain -Court rules soccer players may not go on strike during season -May 14, 2015

Players union AFE called a strike after being excluded from negotiations, as well as arguing that smaller clubs and their players will not receive a fair share.

A strike called by the football players union AFE was suspended by court order, allowing the last matches that will decide the outcome of this season’s primera division to go ahead. The strike was called as the government, football league, football federation and players union are fighting out a battle over television rights. Television rights are currently sold individually by the clubs, resulting in the bulk of the money going to Real Madrid and FC Barcelona. A new law, approved by the lower house, will implement a system under which the rights are sold collectively and then distributed across the league, federation and clubs in the primera and segunda division. Players union AFE called a strike after being excluded from negotiations, as well as arguing that smaller clubs and their players will not receive a fair share. The strike, which would have cancelled the upcoming matches Barcelona-Atletico and Real Madrid-Espanyol, was banned by court order after the Football League filed a law suit. The court argued that the strike could not be held during the season, because it would impede the clubs’ ability to comply with its obligations in European football.

English: http://www.somersetcountygazette.co.uk/sport/national/12951499.Spanish_football …   

http://sports.yahoo.com/news/spanish-court-set-rule-league-strike ...  

For more information, please contact the editor Jan Cremers, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) cbn-aias@uva.nl or the communications officer at the ETUI, Mariya Nikolova mnikolova@etui.org. For previous issues of the Collective bargaining newsletter please visit http://www.etui.org/E-Newsletters/Collective-bargaining-newsletter. You may find further information on the ETUI at www.etui.org, and on the AIAS at www.uva-aias.net.


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