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Premiership players considering claims for unlawful deduction of wages

  • Growing player unrest at blanket 25% pay cuts imposed
  • Some players left dismayed by measures taken at clubs

Premiership clubs are likely to face claims of unlawful deduction of wages amid growing player unrest at the blanket 25% pay cuts imposed. It is understood there is a sense of frustration at a number of clubs, particularly from players whose contracts expire in the summer, and action is expected to be taken.

On Wednesday, London Irish became the latest club to confirm they had implemented the reduction in wages with the Premiership suspended until 24 April owing to coronavirus. A across the league, some players have been left dismayed by the measures taken. The cuts cannot be legally enforced unless players agree but there is a sense for some that they are being railroaded. As a result, challenges are being considered with one well-placed source believing clubs will end up dealing with claims for unlawful deduction of wages.

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