INTERNATIONAL FOOTBALL The vision of professional athletes around the world for greater unity strengthens increasingly

10-04-2017

INTERNATIONAL FOOTBALL The vision of professional athletes around the world for greater unity strengthens increasingly

UNI World Athletes, which brings together 85,000 players across professional sport through more than 100 player associations in over 60 countries, has today unveiled its new strategic vision #WorldPlayersUnited to ensure the voice of the player is heeded in the running of sport.  

The new vision sees UNI World Athletes become the World Players Association

UNI Global Union  

The World Players Association was formally established in December 2014 as an autonomous sector of UNI  Global Union(UNI). It has been known as UNI World Athletes until today’s announcement.

Based in Nyon, Switzerland, UNI represents more than 20 million workers from over 900 trade unions in the fastest growing sectors in the world skills and services, including media and sport. UNI and its affiliates in all regions are driven by the responsibility to ensure jobs are decent and workers’ rights are protected, including the right to join a union and collective bargaining. 

#WorldPlayersUnited involves placing the voice of the players at the centre of world sport’s decision-making through a powerful strategic focus on three pillars:  

 

I. Voice 

Build the voice of the players and the power of the player association movement 

II. Dignity 

Embed the fundamental rights of the players in world sport 

III.  Humanity 

Work to embed the human rights of everyone involved in the delivery of sport, included affected groups such as workers, local communities, journalists and fans. 

#WorldPlayersUnited introduces the organised and highly respected voice of the players and their organisations to the leadership of world sport,”World Players Executice Director Brendan Schwab   said. “In so doing, it envisages a future world of sport that is very different to the one that exists today. 

"Our vision is to champion the dignity of the players and the humanity of sport".

"We have a three-part goal in the pursuit of this vision. First, the human rights of everyone involved in the delivery of sport must be protected, respected and fulfilled. Second, the same must be true for the players. And, third the impact of sport must be positive, including in sporting economic, environmental and cultural terms".

"The attainment of this goal in full is necesary if sport is to retain its social license. The future world of sport will there before be underpinned by adherence to universal principles and international law".

World players president, Don Fehr, the Executive Director of the National Hockey League Players Association said, "The purpose of worlds players is to ensure that the players across sport who have common interests get together and play their role so that the key decisions in world sport that affect them are no longer made without their agreement".

"As a guiding principle, we hold that all players should be free to negotiate the terms upon which they are involved in world sport, and to be represented by persons and organisations of their choice".

"The players are very concerned about human rights, very concerned about labour rights and recognise that neither means very much without a prompt and effective remedy".

National Football League Players Association Executive Director and World Players Executive Committee member, De Maurice Smith said, "We are proud to be a part of this effort on behalf of athletes across the world. No matter what the sport is, or where it is played, athletes can and should protect their basic rights throught solidarity. World Players United is an organization that will speak on the important principles of global athletes with one voice".

The World Players Association is a sector of UNI Global Union. Its General Secretary Philip Jennings, who has been instrumental in the development of World Players, praised the new strategy.

"It is incredibly important to see the players of the world organise around both their rights and the rights of everyone involved in sport. The rate of player unionisation is increasing dramatically around the world for both men and women. Everyone involved in sport needs decent work and a fair wage, be they players, construction workers preparing for Mega-Sporting Events or workers involved in sports supply chains".

World Players Executive Committee.

- Don Fehr (Canada) The Executive Director of the NHLPA (President)

- Theo van Seggelen (The Netherlands) the Secretary General of FIFPro (First Vice President)

- Jeff Reymond (France) the General Secretary of EU Athletes (Vice President)

- Omar Hassanein (Ireland) IRPA Board member and CEO of the Irish Rugby Union Players Association.

- Tony Irish (South Africa) FICA Executive Chairman and CEO Of the South African Cricketers Association.

- Paul Marsh (Australia) AAA Board member and Australian Football League Players Association CEO.

- De Maurice Smith (United States) The Executive Director of the NFLPA.

- Dejan Stefanovic (Slovenia) FIFPro Board member and president of the Slovenian footballers and athletes union

- Frederique Winia (The Netherlands) the Director of International Relations of FIFPro.

- Takuya Yamazaki (Japan) Legal Counsel and Board member of the JPBPA

- Philip Jennings, the General Secretary of the UNI Global Union (ex officio)

World Players Executive Director

Brendan Schwab

For. Manos Staramopoulos 

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