Cruzeiro players announce strike for back wages: ‘Intolerable situation’ – Prime Time Zone

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Captain and one of the biggest idols in the history of Raposa, goalkeeper Fábio used his Instagram account to explain the real situation of the club; read the letter

CRIS MATTOS/THE PHOTOGRAPHIC/ESTADÃO CONTENTCruzeiro players during a draw with Botafogo, for the Série B do Brasileirão

Captain and one of the biggest idols in the history of cruise, the goalkeeper Fabius used his Instagram account this Wednesday afternoon, 13, to post a letter. In it, the Raposa players announce a strike, with the stoppage of activities, due to back wages – the next training session for the team that occupies the 11th position of the Brazilian Championship Series B was scheduled for this Thursday. In the statement, the athletes allege that they and employees have their salaries pending, and some have not received payments from last year. In the text, they say that “the way they are being managed has become intolerable and unjustifiable. “We will not accept this negligence that has affected families who dedicate their time, their sweat, their effort to care for, care for, serve this much-loved institution.”

Athletes showed concern, mainly, with all employees who are currently assisted by the players themselves. “We inform you that, given the repeated salary delays in this year of 2021, where it reached the unsustainable point of having up to 6 (six) months of delays, which demonstrates the precarious financial situation to which all employees, who are currently being rescued by financial aid/aid for professional athletes to maintain their basic survival needs”, says an excerpt of the note. Raposa’s next match is scheduled for October 22, against Avaí, in Ressacada.

Read the athletes’ letter in full:

Letter to the Blue Nation.
We, PROFESSIONAL ATHLETES OF CRUZEIRO ESPORTE CLUBE, hereby come to publicly inform and clarify to everyone and especially to the Cruzeiro Nation, as follows:
We confess that it is exhausting and distressing to write this letter to achieve rights, due to the unsustainable conditions. We will not remain silent, for this reason, we are here to give a voice, especially to employees who have suffered from the current situation.
We would like to inform you that, given the repeated salary delays in this year of 2021, which reached the unsustainable point of having up to 6 (six) months of delays, which demonstrates the precarious financial situation to which all employees, who are currently being rescued by the aid, are exposed /financial assistance from professional athletes to maintain their basic survival needs.
We emphasize that the delicate situation is practically unthinkable for a club of the grandeur and tradition of Cruzeiro Esporte Clube. Until the present moment, athletes and employees of Cruzeiro Esporte Clube (Toca I and Toca II) are behind in their salaries.
Among the professional cast and employees with a current employment contract, there are also financial pending items for the year 2020. We inform you that this letter was necessary due to the absolute absence of an effective response regarding the payment of back wages.
However, in this act, we emphasize that, all the financial difficulties imposed by the delicate situation, there has been and will not be lacking in the performance of employment contracts by professional athletes and employees, who have never left and/or will fail to honor the traditional shirt of this gigantic club .
We inform the management of Cruzeiro Esporte Clube that we will be awaiting the fulfillment of obligations as soon as possible, and it is regrettable to see the suffering of employees who dedicate their days to maintaining this centenary and victorious institution.
We will stop voice training for all employees who love the Club and are helpless.
Unfortunately, the way athletes and employees are being managed has become intolerable and unjustifiable. We will not accept this negligence that has affected families that dedicate their time, their sweat, their effort to care for, care for, and serve this much-loved institution Cruzeiro Esporte Clube.
Onward, Cruise. You are giant.
Belo Horizonte, October 13, 2021.