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Thursday, 18 October 2018

NRL refs threaten strike action over pay


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NRL referees are threatening to strike next season if their demands over a pay dispute aren’t met.

The game’s whistle blowers want a 30 percent increase in salary which would reflect the increased revenue generated by the game.

While the NRL has agreed to give the referees a pay rise of 24 percent, the match officials are pushing for even more and an agreement has yet to be reached.

If the changes go through, the game’s top referees will earn as much as $315,000 a season.

Strike action still seems to be a way off and has only been promoted as a last resort at this stage, but if the NRL refuses to meet their demands it could embolden them to take action.

Former NRL player Mark Geyer believes the referees have a legitimate stake in the game and should be compensated accordingly but also advised the NRL to tread carefully.

“No referees, no game,” Geyer told Triple M.

“It is as simple as that and it is a lot easier to find a good player than a good ref, so pay them what they want.”

“But if you pay the referees what they want then it is open slather,” Geyer said.

“Once they get what they want then you say that they have to have a press conference after each game to tell the public why they made certain decisions.

“Also they should use the bunker half as much if they get more money.”

NRL referees are threatening to strike next season if their demands over a pay dispute aren’t met.

The game’s whistle blowers want a 30 percent increase in salary which would reflect the increased revenue generated by the game.

While the NRL has agreed to give the referees a pay rise of 24 percent, the match officials are pushing for even more and an agreement has yet to be reached.

If the changes go through, the game’s top referees will earn as much as $315,000 a season.

Strike action still seems to be a way off and has only been promoted as a last resort at this stage, but if the NRL refuses to meet their demands it could embolden them to take action.

Former NRL player Mark Geyer believes the referees have a legitimate stake in the game and should be compensated accordingly but also advised the NRL to tread carefully.

“No referees, no game,” Geyer told Triple M.

“It is as simple as that and it is a lot easier to find a good player than a good ref, so pay them what they want.”

“But if you pay the referees what they want then it is open slather,” Geyer said.

“Once they get what they want then you say that they have to have a press conference after each game to tell the public why they made certain decisions.

“Also they should use the bunker half as much if they get more money.”

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