Bray Wanderers’ playing staff have reportedly voted in favour of strike action as the row over unpaid wages escalates.
The Premier Division side have not paid their players since the 25th of May of this year – leading to the playing told they were free to leave the club as free agents, while those who have remained have refused to train for the last two weeks due to a number of alleged unkept promises.
Five players – namely Ronan Coughlan, Aaron Greene, Craig Walsh, Daniel Kelly and Cory Galvin – have all left the Carlisle Grounds, while more departures are to be expected at this stage.
The PFAI, having represented the players in meetings with Bray Wanderers and the FAI in this matter, strongly hinted in social media posts that industrial action would need to be taken in the very near future:
On a night when players fight for creditability for our league on a European stage players at Bray fight to be paid. They have gone without wages since May 25th. Not good enough time for change. pic.twitter.com/kqzT1QTAsm
— PFA Ireland (@PFAIOfficial) July 12, 2018
The PFA Ireland has quietly attempted to resolve this situation for several weeks now and has exhausted all avenues with the club and FAI which is why both the union and I have been quiet on this. The situation is untenable so unfortunately drastic action is now required. https://t.co/n2V49YUlnb
— Stuart Gilhooly (@PFAISolicitor) July 12, 2018
RTE Sport have reported on Thursday night that they have indeed voted for strike action, which would come into effect ahead of their Premier Division clash against champions Cork City on July 27th. The report suggests that official confirmation of the strike should come within the next 24 hours.
The troubled club sit bottom of the Premier Division (despite last weekend’s unexpected 2-1 victory over Sligo Rovers) – six points behind Limerick and staring relegation to the First Division square in the face.