Having not been paid since May 25, the playing staff of Bray Wanderers have tonight announced their decision to take strike action.
In the last week, five players (Aaron Greene, Ronan Coughlan, Cory Galvin, Daniel Kelly and Craig Walsh) have all taken up the option to leave the club as free agents.
Yet, those that remain now intend to exact their right to strike over their unpaid wages. A Tweet released by the PFA Ireland this evening contained a photograph of the playing staff in question, and the caption; "Not good enough time for change."
On a night when players fight for creditability for our league on a European stage players at Bray fight to be paid. They have gone without wages since May 25th. Not good enough time for change. pic.twitter.com/kqzT1QTAsm
— PFA Ireland (@PFAIOfficial) July 12, 2018
In accordance with strike regulation, a seven day notice period must be delivered to employers before such action can be carried out legally.
With this now confirmed, it is expected that a statement on behalf of the players will be released tomorrow.
Should the strike go ahead, it is likely that Bray's fixtures with Bohemians on July 20 will be unaffected, but their game against Cork City on July 27 may well be compromised.
There has already been an outpouring of sadness, anger and compassion for a playing staff that have been left with little option but to take drastic action.
Sad night for Bray Wanderers. Was a great, family club until the current regime took over. The players have no option at this stage. Not sure that PFAI photo was necessary though.
— Ross Zambra (@TheKingOfPing) July 12, 2018
— Rónán Holland (@BotHolland) July 12, 2018
Absolutely devastated that a club like @BrayWanderers are in this position... Who's responsible for this ?? When pat Devlin was there the board had some difficult times but never this bad.. cmon bray get back up to where you belong
— 🇮🇪🇮🇪🇮🇪🇮🇪Irish Mick 🇮🇪🇮🇪🇮🇪🇮🇪 (@michael55969038) July 12, 2018
Our club is on its knees. Bray fans are a forgotten entity - we do exist! Reality is we are on the verge of having something we are passionate about taken away from us. Corporate greed and regulatory incompetence look set to deprive us of our team.
— Brian Allen (@PaoloBraldini) July 12, 2018