Bray Wanderers’ playing staff have released a statement via the PFAI confirming their plans for industrial action.
The Seagulls’ players have not been paid since May 25th as, for the second year running, financial problems have been a major issue at the Carlisle Grounds.
Chairman Gerry Mulvey informed the players last week that they would be free to leave the club as free agents – an offer that a handful have already taken the club up on – and the remaining players voted on Thursday night to embark on strike action as a last resort.
In a statement on the PFAI website on Friday, the Bray players confirmed that strike action will be going ahead as reported:
“It is with great regret that we release this statement.
“We had sincerely hoped that we could resolve the unsatisfactory payment situation at the club, but despite weeks of negotiations by the PFA Ireland on our behalf, these efforts have proven fruitless.
“It is now seven weeks (25th May 2018), since we have been paid with no prospect of payment of these arrears or realistic proposals for future wages in sight. We are all players who rely on our weekly wage to pay our bills, mortgages and everyday living expenses.
“With no prospect of this appalling situation being resolved, we have balloted to strike and by overwhelming majority, we will be providing seven-day notice to the club on Tuesday. Coming to this decision last night was one of the hardest of our professional careers and reached with the heaviest of hearts.
“This is very much a last resort action but we feel we have been left with no choice.
“To the Bray Wanderers supporters, our fellow League of Ireland players and clubs, and to the wider League of Ireland community we sincerely hope that you understand that we have been left with no other option than to take this action.”
The statement in full can be read here.
Some of the players involved have also taken to social media to have their individual say on the matter:
— Hugh Douglas (@hughie_douglas) July 13, 2018
With all the positive news around the league with clubs doing some great work It pains us to do this but something has to be done as uneccassary duress has been put on players and their families https://t.co/Dt3QCW7eOd
— Conor Kenna (@conor4kenna) July 13, 2018
The last time we were paid was the 25th of May.. that’s almost 7 weeks without any income. It’s not ok to leave lads in this position for this long where they potentially can’t pay they’re bills/provide for their families. A Horrible feeling
— Paul O’Conor (@pauloconor10) July 11, 2018
This was our last resort, it shouldn’t have come to this, but it has. We have to stand together as a club and and as a league. Hopefully the decision we made as a group benefits us and goes toward preventing it from ever happening again the in the League Of Ireland. https://t.co/k0T35NoLaS
— DHayes (@Dylhayes21) July 13, 2018
— Ger Pender (@GerPender10) July 13, 2018
Reports on Thursday night suggested while the action would not have any impact on the side’s Premier Division clash against Bohemians next weekend, it throws the following weekend’s match against Cork City into serious doubt.