AmaZulu players are taking a stand following confirmation by the club on Monday that their salaries for this month will not be paid in full.
Disgruntled players, as expected, have now asked the South African Football Players’ Union to step in and represent them in the matter.
The Siya crew broke the news this morning that an internal letter was sent to staff at the Durban-based club to communicate pending wage cuts for April as the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic begin to kick in.
But SAFPU president Thulaganyo Gaoshubelwe, confirming that the organisation will speak for the players, warned that AmaZulu could not simply take such a drastic step without first being transparent with the affected parties.
“This matter is not complex because the club can assists us to arrive at this decision together. If they have been hit hard as a result of this pandemic then they are duty-bound to open their books to say they were getting this much here and there, but no longer have the money to pay salaries because other sponsors have pulled out,” said Gaoshubelwe.
The R2-million grant from the Premier Soccer League is still being paid and AmaZulu made no mention of SPAR pulling the plug on its contribution to the club either.
“If their salary bill is more than what they have in the kitty, then lets engage. There are several things you also have to look at – travel, accommodation and no match bonuses to be paid at this point. You are probably saving on that,” the SAFPU president explained.
“Does that money not go back into the kitty? We are calling for calm heads and saying if we work together around this and share the information, then this might be a non-issue to begin with and we can find each other.”
Gaoshubelwe said they’ve been in constant communication with AmaZulu since the internal letter was sent to staff and are scheduled for further talks with general manager Lunga Sokhela tomorrow, when employees have been promised an update on just by how much their salaries will be cut this month.
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