Scottish rugby’s top earners asked to take pay cut

Scotland’s high incomes rugby gamers have been requested to take a pay minimize amid fears of £12 million losses because of the coronavirus pandemic, Scottish Rugby introduced on Monday.

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Scottish Rugby chief government Mark Dodson, who reportedly earns £933 000 a yr, has agreed to a 30 p.c pay discount till September with “growing uncertainty” over whether or not the Darkish Blues might host Argentina, Japan and New Zealand in November due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

The 2 skilled Scottish outfits in Glasgow Warriors and Edinburgh have had their home PRO14 and European campaigns already stopped because of the sickness.

“If the Autumn Exams have been to be cancelled, then we face an extra lack of anticipated income properly in extra of £12 million,” Dodson mentioned in a press release.

“We now have to imagine that any league or event rugby would additionally then be unable to happen for a interval, exacerbating the lack of earnings.

“Scottish Rugby will seek the advice of with all gamers and recognized workers on a wage discount programme centered on our increased incomes workers and gamers.”

A BBC report on Monday claimed Dodson had emailed workers stating anybody incomes above £50 000 could be requested to just accept wage cuts on a sliding scale between 10 and 25 p.c, with the latter determine regarding gamers and workers incomes greater than £200 000.

The report mentioned three-quarters of Scottish Rugby’s workers could be furloughed however the organisation didn’t affirm numbers.

Scotland’s summer season tour of South Africa and New Zealand has not but been postponed.

“Like many we hope the skilled recreation season will be accomplished, however don’t have any assure that even a truncated finish to any of the competitions will occur,” added Dodson.

“Because it now stands it could seem not possible the annual summer season excursions to the Southern Hemisphere will happen. This has an extra impression on our earnings.”

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