The conflict between part of the peloton and the International Association of Professional Cyclists (CPA), the main runners’ union, following the strike at the beginning of the nineteenth stage of the Giro d’Italia, has resulted in the creation of a new union organization : the Riders Union.
Often criticized for the immobility of the CPA chaired by Gianni Bugno, particularly in safety matters, part of the platoon has decided to create a counter-power with fundamental bases: safety during the race, social security and collaboration with the different cycling organizations .
“We have decided to try to shape and build a new union of cyclists from scratch, one that is based on transparency, a program, a vote and a clear mandate so that everyone knows who is voting on what … defend the interests of professional riders, “said Luuc Eisenga, Acting President of Riders Union.
Within the new union group, each runner will have one vote and each team will be represented by a runner during the various general assemblies. A five-person board of directors is also expected to be appointed in March at the first meeting of this new union.
“There can be two unions to defend the interests of cyclists. This is a very common practice in the world of work and I don’t see why it would not work in cycling. Each employee will have the freedom to join the union of their choice. It is up to the riders. decide if they want to join us, “concluded Eisenga, former director of the International Association of Professional Teams (AIGCP).
Source: Es Ciclismo .com by www.esciclismo.com.
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