IMPROVED LEGAL PROTECTION FOR PLAYERS IN SLOVENIA

IMPROVED LEGAL PROTECTION FOR PLAYERS IN SLOVENIA

Footballers in Slovenia, 73% of whom have self-employment contracts according to a FIFPro survey, will soon have better legal protection thanks to a new agreement which their union is brokering.

 

Negotiations are in the final stages between the union, SPINS, and clubs to implement normal employment contracts with minimum standards, according to Matej Orazem, sporting director of first-division team NK Domzale. Under the plans, players earning less than an agreed amount, for example 1,500 euros per month, will have to sign an employment contract and those earning more can choose which type of contract they want. As part of the same agreement, independent arbitration to resolve contract disputes could be introduced as early as February. “We have reached consensus on most issues,” Orazem said.

 

It is believed it would be the first collective bargaining agreement (CBA) in Eastern European football. The negotiations are fully supported by the Slovenian Football Association and the Ministry of Sports. A CBA is a legally-binding agreement between an employer and staff, represented by their union.

 

“This deal in Slovenia shows, that if all parties are willing, that a collective agreement is also possible in Eastern Europe,” said FIFPro lawyer Roy Vermeer.

 

Source: www.fifpro.org

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