Hearts to Cut Wages by 50%

Ann Budge asks Hearts players to take a wage cut of 50%

Hearts have asked players and training staff to take a wage cut of 50% due to the fact of the monetary impact of the coronavirus.

Owner Ann Budge said formerly that the club would lose ₤ 1m in revenue from the indefinite suspension of football.

The club says the relocation is to secure “as numerous jobs as possible” and prevent redundancies, including the existing circumstance as unsustainable.

All full-time employees will be impacted.

” The Scottish FA has now suspended football for the foreseeable future and, whilst there is no specific end date to this, it is probably that the game will not resume till July/early August at the earliest,” Budge stated in a statement.

” This decrease in income is not sustainable without taking immediate action to cut personnel expenses and overheads.

” As such, I require to act promptly and take steps now to ensure that we, as a Club, can weather this storm while attempting to guarantee we are prepared to resume operations as and when we move into calmer waters and football restarts.”

Hearts staff have been told that they will receive their salaries as normal next week, while players will get their pay at the end of the month. The decreased wages would start from April.

Those who feel “not able or reluctant” to accept the cut, will be offered the chance to leave the club.

Budge has actually assured workers that regardless of the cut, no one will be paid less than the living wage of a full-time worker, which is ₤ 18,135.

It was revealed earlier this week that some players and team member had actually offered to hand salaries back.

The Hearts owner added: “Given the uncertainty of the entire circumstance with which we have been presented, we can not say how long these procedures will remain in location.

” We will, obviously, be constantly evaluating the scenario.

” I wish to assure everybody that these choices have not been ignored. If I was not absolutely encouraged that this is required for the future sustainability of our organisation, I would not be asking our workers to deal with these cuts.”

The Tynecastle club, who have one of the league's most significant budget plans outside the Old Firm, are presently 4 points adrift at the bottom of the Scottish Premiership with 8 games to play.

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Budge formerly said the club would think about legal recommendations ought they be relegated without the season being finished.

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