Uruguay pro footballers go on strike over lack of reforms

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Professional footballers in Uruguay went on an indefinite strike Thursday a day after clubs did not vote in favor of reforms put forward by the country’s players.

The reforms proposed by the union representing professional soccer players in Uruguay (MUFP) include, among other issues, increasing the minimum salary for players in the Second Division.

At a League Council on Wednesday at the headquarters of the Uruguayan Football Association (AUF), the teams “reiterated their will” to reach an agreement and said they would continue negotiating with MUFP.

In a statement Thursday, MUFP said that given the fact that the clubs had failed to agree to their proposals and that “all deadlines had passed,” the players have decided “to stop official activities.”

At an extraordinary general assembly held last week, the MUFP vice president, Sergio Pérez, explained to EFE that in 2021 the footballers had presented a reform of the collective agreement that regulates the working relationship between clubs and footballers, adding that they have been working on the issue since then.

Source: Laprensa Latina