Several footballers from all sections of the Brazilian championship protested on social media on Friday against changes to the Pele law approved by the House of Representatives this week. The new text, which must now be voted on by the Senate before it takes effect, is under criticism for, according to the athletes, taking away their labor rights.
This week, when the Chamber approved Bill 1153/2019, Ciara made a post praising the changes promoted by the new text. The club treated PL as an “improvement and modernization of national sports legislation”.
The post sparked public complaints from many players from Ceará itself, such as Vina, Zé Roberto and Richard. They posted the photos with the hashtag “We don’t support”. The club ended up deleting the post soon after. São Paulo, Corinthians and Fluminense also published the content.
In the opinion of lawyers who usually defend players in labor cases, certain points in the law lead to losses for the class.
A ball from Brazil in the Atlético-MG 1×1 Santos match – Photo: Fernando Moreno / AGIF
Players are complaining that the new project currently increases from 40% to 50% the share of the reward that can be paid as image rights.
The possibility of paying in installments and reducing the termination fine is also a cause for complaints. Today, the minimum amount equals what remains to be paid in wages until the end of the contract – and must be paid in cash in the event of dismissal. The project provides the possibility of discounting and installments if the club and the athlete reach an agreement.
The new text also states that if the player signs a contract with another club before receiving what he owes, the previous employer is exempted from paying the rest if the new club’s salary is higher than it was in the expired contract. If it is less, only the difference should be paid.
At the same time as the players criticize it, the bill has been praised by the clubs, because in their opinion it “makes labor legislation simpler”.
The bill was approved in the House of Representatives with a large support (398 votes to 13). And now he goes to the Senate, where the players are waiting for the text to change.
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