It has been two months since preliminary discussions started between the Jamaica Soccer Federation (JFF) and the senior males’s workforce concerning long-term offers for the World Cup qualifiers.
Whereas no decision has been reached within the matter, attorney-at-law Robert Taylor, who’s representing the gamers within the negotiations, famous that the unresolved grievances will not be solely about match compensation.
“The contractual points will not be restricted to participant remuneration however relate to general participant improvement and their welfare within the medium to long run,” Taylor informed The Sunday Gleaner.
Talks started in January with the aim of securing offers for the gamers forward of the World Cup qualifiers, which begin in September.
Whereas, preliminary discussions between each events had been encouraging, there was no motion in the direction of an amicable resolution. The primary space of rivalry has been the match charges for the gamers per recreation for the qualifiers.
Regardless of not detailing the specifics of the talks, Taylor stated that the excellent points are necessary and would require extra discourse between the federation and the gamers.
“It is because of this that these issues might span or require continued ongoing dialogue,” Taylor stated.
The gamers initially requested US$7,000 (J$1.04 million) per recreation, whereas the federation countered with US$2,000 (J$301,000) per recreation for the beginning 11, with substitutes incomes US$1,500 (J$224,000). The proposal additionally included bonuses for wins (US$1,500) – J$217,930) and attracts (US$1,000 – J$145,329) in addition to a US$1,000 price for worldwide friendlies.
First indicators of discontent
Whereas the JFF in a press release on March 2 acknowledged that it hoped that these contracts could be signed by the tip of that week, the primary indicators of discontent got here on March 7.
Various gamers together with captain Andre Blake in addition to defender Damion Lowe posted cryptic messages on their social media accounts that stated: “Take a Stance” with the hashtag ‘Stronger Collectively’. That provide was finally rejected by the gamers, with Blake later stating on native radio that negotiations had been off.
Nevertheless, the JFF obtained a revised supply from the gamers on March 8 reportedly for US$3,000 per recreation indicating a return to the desk to presumably attain a decision.
JFF Technical Committee Chairman Rudolph Speid stated that they’ve improved their supply to the gamers, however that their was nonetheless disagreement on some points.
“We’re at a stalemate. We’ve made recognized what our place was. Once they made their supply, we made a proposal to that provide, so we (JFF) are those ready,” Speid stated.
Whereas acknowledging that there have been enhancements within the talks, Taylor says that there are nonetheless areas the place the gamers want assurances.
“There was some progress so far and a few extra floor left to cowl allowing for that the problems embrace issues of governance, participant welfare, and so on, which by their very nature are concerned,” Taylor stated.
Speid stated whereas there are areas that they will enhance on, they’re restricted as to what they will present primarily based on their sources.
“There are all the time different stuff that we’re in all probability not good on however the [work] to enhance these are ongoing,” Speid stated. “One of many points that got here up was flights over 4 and a half hours to be first-class. We are able to’t afford that primarily based on the cash we get for friendlies.”
It’s a scenario that has left head coach Theodore Whitmore with out a number of of his key gamers resembling Blake, Bayer Leverkusen’s Leon Bailey and Ravel Morrison, 43, forward of the pleasant worldwide in opposition to the USA with some gamers reportedly turning down the invitation due to the continuing points.