- Jun 15, 2007
Some fair points but we can look at the position of the PFA in isolation to any political aspects. The current situation is extrinsic to that.I agree, but it is their representative body, and is charged with negotiating for them.
The idea that pay cuts will save jobs is age old and a tactical weapon in times of austerity. It was successfully utilised by Irish Government to shore up the bank bail out. As private sector workers lost jobs a campaign to make public service workers the pariahs was mounted, sufficing to ensure that no support was available for industrial action when public service pay was slashed.....
Anyway, cutting wages isnt the be all and end all here. Revenue loss from income tax is surely a consideration fir the government?? And why are the Government involving themselves in the running of clubs all of a sudden? Its not like there is assistance when clubs hit hard times.
The propaganda war is levied against highly paid players? What about Lewis Hamilton, Rory McIlroy or Anthony Joshua?? All high earners and no word about taking income from them? Why was there no furore over Formula One furloughing staff? Multi billion dollar industry......
There are many facets to seeking pay cuts from highly paid people, and there is Tory history concerning trade unions, which us one great reason to baulk at the proposal.
Football can and should sort its own issues, clubs can discuss contracts etc without interference from people who know fuck all about the sport. Whether Taylor and the PFA are good or bad at their job is really a side issue in all of this.
If the PFA stand firm by the contractual rights of their players then they risk the very survival of the thing that sustains them. How many parasites kill the host? The PFA (players) need to be very careful that they don't start drawing comparisons to COVID-19 itself.
Regardless of strict interpretations of their contractual rights steps will be taken to change the legal landscape to adjust to any attempt by the players that could cause damage to the sport. If the players do not voluntarily agree to temporary measures to support the continued existence of the football 'industry' then they'll find the environment is changed permanently around them regardless. Perhaps that will benefit the sport in the long run, but it wouldn't be thanks to the players.