Tuesday, October 3, 2023

After the meeting, Dimayor decides to appoint a commission to consult Acolfutpro and the government. What are their demands?

Dimayor relented after refusing to negotiate a collective agreement with the players, which led to the Ministry of Labor initiating administrative proceedings against that company and the Colombian Football Federation.

This prompted Dimayor to call an urgent meeting this Monday to analyze the situation and avoid the consequences and actions of the government, and even more so after receiving an ultimatum from the ministry.

After almost six hours of deliberations, Dimayor decided to appoint a commission to meet with Acolfutpro and the national government and finally listen to their demands.

This delegation will consist of some executives from Dimayor and the Colombian Football Federation, as well as several presidents of professional clubs, who will listen to what Acolfutpro is asking for.

However, some managers are concerned and consider it counterproductive to accept this list of demands, as they believe there are other interests beyond improving footballers’ working conditions.

But Dimayor found no other way, and even more so in the face of pressure from the Ministry of Labor, which considered it justified to bring charges against Dimayor for refusing since 2019 to negotiate a collective agreement with the Colombian Association of Professional Football Players (Acolfutpro).

So we have to wait and see how this situation turns out after the meeting of the representatives of Dimayor, Acolfutpro and the National Government.

If some requests are accepted, the format of the tournament could be changed and it would be held for a full year rather than two competitions per year as is currently the case.

The list of requests from Acolfutpro includes the following points:

Review the calendar of professional skills and rest and recovery times. agree on the player’s status, the disciplinary rules and the association’s only binding employment contract; that there is always a professional women’s football tournament, complementary health measures; that certain schedules, distances and rest periods between games are observed, that an annual game of the Colombian senior national team is played for the benefit of the association; that footballers have a stake in the television rights; that there are two annual meetings of Acolfutpro with the football players of the Colombian women’s and men’s teams at the concentration site; Coordinating the number of tickets for the matches of local tournaments and the Colombian national teams, as well as adopting protocols with policies against discrimination, workplace harassment and gender-based violence.

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