SAFPU Plan PSL Strike, Fight Against ‘Slavery Wages'
The South African Football Players Union (SAFPU) say that it’s ‘just a matter of time’ before there is a player strike in the country due to ‘slavery wages’.
Reports have stated that Maritzburg United midfielder, Siphesihle Ndlovu, is currently earning less than R7000 per month at the club despite being a regular first team player and SAFPU say that they intend to do something about it.
The union’s Deputy General Secretary, Nhlanhla Shabalala, explained how seriously they are taking the matter, saying that there are players ‘eating from rubbish bins’ because of the wages they’re getting.
He told the Siya crew, “We are in the process of engaging the PSL to investigate these matters. With every pro contract that is signed, it goes to the PSL.
“It is up to Maritzburg to prove to us that what we’re saying is not true. There are players earning slavery wages here, even though it’s the players who are the focal point of the league.
“I’m not going into the details of his contract, but he’s had three increases since his debut and is still on a slavery wage. There are commentators earning much more than players, and it’s not right.
“I know that it's not only Siphesihle whose earning this rubbish salary at Maritzburg but others as well, and it's even worse than what we’re discussing. If we’re wrong then we challenge them to prove it!”
Meanwhile, on the topic of general wages in South African football, the former Ajax Cape Town man said, “We’ve spoken regularly about a minimum wage and have tried to speak to the PSL about it. We’ve spoken to players and we think that a minimum wage for a professional footballer should be between R16,000 and R18,000.
“It seems like the PSL is avoiding these issues and now we’re tired of writing letters. We are now mobilising players and trying to educate them on what they’re not aware of.”
“We are going to have a strike,” he says. “It’s only a matter of time before that happens. The PSL would not exist without the players, and some of them are being treated like slaves. We are the voices of the players and we must do our job. We can’t allow a situation where we have some of our players eating from the rubbish bins.”