NEWCASTLE Jets will not move to stand down their players despite talks between club owners and the players union over a pay deal breaking down.
The Professional Footballer Australia union, through a league-wide vote on Tuesday, rejected a proposal from A-League clubs saying it would "provide clubs with the ability to unilaterally impose salary reductions on players, with the players' only recourse to reject such a reduction being to terminate their employment."
The Newcastle Herald understands the clubs' had put forward a piecemeal 30 per cent wage cut to selected squad members.
The breakdown is likely to trigger intervention from FFA boss James Johnson and also lead to players being stood down at several A-League clubs.
However, Newcastle chief executive Lawrie McKinna said Jets players would be paid.
"There is another hook-up with the owners to determine the next step," " McKinna said. "Some clubs might stand down players but we are not looking to do that. I am having a zoom conference with the players, [coach] Carl Robison and [Football Operations manager] Joel Griffiths on Wednesday to go through everything."
PFA President Alex Wilkinson said all A-League players remained willing to continue working with the clubs to reach a new CBA.
"The players are acutely aware of the significant challenges our sport faces, having made incredible personal and financial sacrifices to preserve the short-term future of the game," Wilkinson said.
"The players' objective from the outset of negotiations has been to ensure the new agreement builds a sensible, rational and fair path forward to ensure the A-League and W-League can rebuild and reboot at a critical moment in our game's history."
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