Four PSL clubs including one with a very wealthy owner are confirmed to have engaged with players about the likelihood of salary cuts.
Local club bosses have been warning that domestic football will not be immune to wage cuts and job losses in the wake of the economic turndown despite the League's R1-million monthly grant for top-flight clubs.
The likes of SuperSport United CEO Stan Matthews, who is also on the PSL Executive Committee, and Highlands Park co-director Brad Kaftel have both admitted that clubs are likely to struggle after the coronavirus lockdown.
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AmaZulu, Cape Town City, Cape Umoya United and Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila are all locked in wage-cut discussions with their players while Royal Eagles have reportedly not been paying players fully for weeks.
SAFPU has been engaging with affected parties and has called on PSL teams to be open with their players as the situation affects everybody in the game.
"We understand the situation globally that everyone is under pressure and we are aware that there are real challenges and struggles," SAFPU president Thulaganyo Gaoshubelwe tells KickOff.com.
"However, there are contracts between players and teams, sponsors and teams and the League as well. We understand the teams are protected too. We must look at the rules of how we can discuss the challenge of finances before we act.
"Our first challenge was with TTM and Cape Umoya about deductions of salaries. We spoke to them and requested they sit down with players and negotiate before acting.
"On the 20th April it was AmaZulu FC and it was disappointing the manner in which the situation was handled because players were not given enough time. It was a short [notice] period."
Gaoshubelwe reveals that Baroka and Cape Town City have also contacted players regarding possible salary reductions and appreciates their efforts in doing it the right way.
"We must appreciate clubs like Baroka FC and Cape Town City who have come to us and explained their process. As for Baroka, they made it clear that they won't cut salaries as they are still getting financial support from the League," he confirms.
"While City told us their betting sponsor contributes some percentage of the players' salaries. As much as we don't agree with cuts, we appreciate their effort of talking with players first."
The SAPFU president says the union is willing to accept salary cuts if clubs follow the correct protocols and negotiate with players first, produce records that prove they are indeed struggling financially or if the PSL is no longer providing monthly grants.
"I must emphasise that we would accept salary cuts if teams were to present facts on the table, because we know the struggle right now," Gaoshubelwe adds.
"We know without football there are losses but teams mustn't just act without consulting with players first, explaining everything to them."
Meanwhile, Maritzburg United chairman Farook Kadodia would not answer questions on the matter.
"I'm not going to be drawn on that discussion of salary cuts," Kadodia says.
"Our first priority is to look at how the season will be completed or not, then we can start discussing the financial side of that. We really can't discuss salary cuts for our players, it's too soon."