The Barcelona board filed for an ERTE (expediente de regulación temporal de empleo) for their sporting sector to the Catalan government on Wednesday.
An ERTE is a temprorary employment regulation which enables companies to make suspensions within employment contracts or reduce their working hours due to force majure, and this can be applied to partial areas of the workplace or its entirety. There is not limit regarding the duration of this regulation, as it is dependent on the amount of time that this force majure influences business activities.
In the last few days, the board have reached agreements for all the professional sports teams at the club to take a pay cut.
An ERTE for non-playing staff will be filed soon after.
In the ERTE for playing staff, the pay cut was going to be 30 per cent, but now it looks as if players in the first teams will be giving up the large majority of their wages.
Barcelona, like many other clubs, are taking these measures to cut the losses they are expected to make from the coronavirus crisis.