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Johnnyboy
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Here we go again. Not exactly administration but a worry all the same.

https://widnesvikings.co.uk/statement-furlough-leave/

Think a lot of clubs will be announcing this in the forthcoming weeks.

 

 

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Topic starter Posted : 30/03/2020 9:40 pm
Former Chemic
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I don’t think that you should worry, a younger neighbour owns a small company and has done the same. Has explained that it was a sensible way to keep his trained staff on the payroll until things settle down.

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Posted : 30/03/2020 9:44 pm
Frankg
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It is good business sense to make use of all the  Government financial support made available to business to get them through this crisis and able to continue paying staff.

It is the SL teams that will struggle, who are paying the higher wages that will still have to be paid under player contracts. Either players will have to take a pay cut or the club benefactors will have to put their hands in their pockets to get them through this crisis.

Tough times for everyone.

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Posted : 30/03/2020 10:03 pm
Dan1
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Yes I was thinking it's a good job we are part time. With the government paying 80% of wages up to £35k that should cover just about everyone in our squad I would of thought.

For the SL players on 80k to 150k it's not going to help them so much.  They are going to have to take a big pay cut. Even more so for the marquee players.

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Posted : 30/03/2020 10:27 pm
RB
 RB
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Wakefield are doing the same with rumours of at least 4 other SL Clubs. It makes sense to be honest for the Club to use the Government Support. Hopefully things for the Country as a whole will look better in the not to distant future but nobody knows how long this thing will last. Hopefully everyone stays safe is the main thing.

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Posted : 30/03/2020 10:34 pm
ScouseViking55
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It literally says not to worry haha

 

its been put in place by government because we are in unprecedented territory and it’s the correct decision by the club to use the facility available to them to survive

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Posted : 30/03/2020 10:53 pm
MT
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Makes sound financial sense. Be surprised if any team below SL doesn’t do it.

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Posted : 30/03/2020 11:06 pm
Mick George
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Yes I was thinking it’s a good job we are part time. With the government paying 80% of wages up to £35k that should cover just about everyone in our squad I would of thought. For the SL players on 80k to 150k it’s not going to help them so much. They are going to have to take a big pay cut. Even more so for the marquee players.

It is a maximum of £2500 per month.

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Posted : 31/03/2020 5:37 pm
CJ91
 CJ91
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Its started now, practical decision...

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Posted : 01/04/2020 1:06 pm
Bwoodviking
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Salford become first super league club to confirm all staff put on Furlough leave.

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Posted : 01/04/2020 6:23 pm
Johnnyboy
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Strangely if the players and staff on furlough get 80% pay - why has the fitness stuff the twins were doing been stopped (see club official announcement)? Seems a bit mean spirited to me like?

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Topic starter Posted : 01/04/2020 9:15 pm
Viking25
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Strangely if the players and staff on furlough get 80% pay – why has the fitness stuff the twins were doing been stopped (see club official announcement)? Seems a bit mean spirited to me like?

You can’t work whilst on furlough leave, can you?

Nothing to stop the twins setting up their own page on doing the fitness things off their own backs...

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Posted : 01/04/2020 9:25 pm
Viking Man
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This isn't how furlough works.

You don't get paid from the government, the players and staff will still get paid by Widnes (80% up to £2500), and Widnes claim it back.  The scheme is to protect the employer, not necessarily the employee (but of course does both).

You are not allowed to work on furlough, or if you do you give up your rights for furlough pay.  The twins could absolutely do it themselves but that's up to them, it couldn't have anything to do with Widnes and I expect the safest option is just not to do it at all.

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Posted : 02/04/2020 7:48 am
Johnnyboy
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What are people’s thoughts on how we get our season tickets sorted for the months we miss? I know it helps our club but depending on when (if) we get going this season will we just have it roll over for the games we’ve missed perhaps as a means to keep people coming (and re-signing for next year)?

I guess it depends on the delay and whether we get going again this season as they can just be used again. It’s next year that may get messy if this season is written off and people have shelled out for memberships? Could be tricky for the club relying on cash to keep operating.

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Topic starter Posted : 05/04/2020 8:18 am
Mick George
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What are people’s thoughts on how we get our season tickets sorted for the months we miss? I know it helps our club but depending on when (if) we get going this season will we just have it roll over for the games we’ve missed perhaps as a means to keep people coming (and re-signing for next year)? I guess it depends on the delay and whether we get going again this season as they can just be used again. It’s next year that may get messy if this season is written off and people have shelled out for memberships? Could be tricky for the club relying on cash to keep operating.

 

Who cares ? nobody. Life and death come first over a poxy few quid. Just in case you are not aware,EVERY sporting club bar the Football big boys are in the same situation.

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Posted : 05/04/2020 9:35 am
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