UPDATE ; DAY
Canada's national team players want their fair share of the revenue they generate; that's why they are in the process of forming their union.
The Canadian Men's National Soccer Team Players Association (CMNSTPA) was born earlier this week , in order to look after the good interests of the players.
“There's more money coming in so it's important to get it right with a team of lawyers,” Samuel Piette explained after Saturday night's CF Montreal game.
< p>” Before, it was us players who communicated directly with the Association and it was more about [financial] compensation. “
The players split a million dollars after qualifying for the World Cup last winter. The Canadian Soccer Association will receive ten million from FIFA, and it is the amount that is at the heart of the discussions. Players would like to get 40% after tax; Canada Soccer made a 30% offer.
“It’s a lot of money and it’s one of the first times the men have been able to bring in so much money. We now need to know how this money is distributed in the program,” said Piette.
According to the captain of CF Montreal, who has been a regular on the men's national team for several years, the Canadian program is there.
But it's not just a question of money. We also talk about the working conditions of the players, such as their right to travel in business class in certain circumstances and the conditions under which training camps take place.
“We have to see to our conditions , like the kind of flight we take to get around. But there are also television rights and this is major. You have to see how much it comes back to the players or the [Canadian] Association. ”
Samuel Piette assures that it is not a selfish fight that the players are fighting, quite the contrary.
They are aware that they are in a way a golden generation and they want the young people who will follow them can benefit from their gains.
“We fight as much for ourselves as for future generations. We want to leave them a legacy by setting a high standard.”
They don't want to be remembered just for what they accomplish on the pitch.
If the players decided to unionize is also because they were thrown a curveball by Soccer Canada.
“We know very well that we cannot ask for 90% of the ten million , recognized Piette. On the other hand, what took us by surprise was that suddenly, we were faced with pay equity with women. »
« We are not against and we've had discussions with the women before, but we just didn't think Canada Soccer would go in that direction. new income they could generate.
“What we want to manage above all is new money. If we move on to the next round and we get two or three million more, we suspect that the Association has not made its budget based on that. That's where we can maybe get a little more money.