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Players' union ready to tackle thorny issues with the PSL

By unknown | Nov 15, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Meshack Motloung

Meshack Motloung

The South African Football Players Union (Safpu) will meet the Premier Soccer League to discuss issues affecting the players both in the elite league and First Division.

Cappy Matutoane, the Union's chief negotiator, said yesterday that the main issue was to discuss the players' pension fund, medical aids and the minimum wage.

He said as the union they wanted to see those issues implemented as soon as possible as a way forward.

Matutoane said they were also going to further discuss how far the league had gone in registering as an employers organisation.

"Such an organisation will be a central bargaining power for both the players and the union, and it will afford us an opportunity to represent all our members without any hassles," he said.

He added that another burning issue that needed much attention was that of buying and selling clubs, which will also be part of their discussions. He accused the PSL of not doing enough to deal with club sales, which often jeopardised players' jobs.

"If this situation is not properly addressed we are still going to see more disputes because there is no protection of players' contracts when clubs are sold," he said.

The meeting will be held as soon as the league's chairman, Irvin Khoza, avails himself.

Meanwhile, Safpu added another feather to its cap after agreeing a settlement of R111000 with the PSL against Fidentia Rangers, now trading as Ikapa Sporting FC, on Tuesday.

The settlement amount was for breach of contract that includes unpaid salaries and signing on fees for Thulani Ndlovu, Juda Nchunu, Lucky Hlela, Thulani Calane and Wiltford Mothapo.

Last week the league awarded Safpu R135 000 for players' disputes. The money was also for unpaid salaries and signing on fees for goalkeeper David Fortuin against Jomo Cosmos and former Durban Stars players Musa Sishi, Lesley Langa and Maome Jerome.

Lundekuhle Mandonsela's case was referred to the Safa Appeal Board after failure to reach an agreement with Ikapa Sporting.


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