Italian top tier to finally kick off new season this coming weekend.
The Italian Players’ Union (AIC) has called off a strike after reaching an agreement with Serie A’s governing body over a collective contract.
A temporary deal has been signed which will expire at the end of the season.
The dispute has centred on two issues: the payment of a solidarity tax – the players have now agreed to pay this – and the fate of players forced to train on their own when dropped.
The resolution means the new Serie A season will start this weekend.
“It was worth having such a tough negotiation because the clubs have achieved much of what they wanted,” said Serie A president Maurizio Beretta.
The first round of matches, scheduled to take place just over a week ago, were postponed.
The Serie A campaign will begin on Friday night, with champions AC Milan hosting Lazio.
SOURCE: BBC Sport
It seems that player power has once again on the whole proved successful with Italian players achieving much of what they set out to resolve when they first called the strike back before the first week of the season should have taken place.
The major reason for the strike revolved around players being forced to move on from clubs when they entered the last year of their contracts a situation that Serie A clubs felt they had to enforce following an unprecedented level of players leaving for nothing as there deals came to a close.
La Liga players also went on strike last month as they looked to protect players who’s wages were not being covered by clubs who had entered administration.
One wonders if another important stakeholder, the supporters, will ever stage a strike in relation to the spiraling costs of tickets?
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