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Sevens players go on strike

18 September 2014, 16:39

Nairobi - Kenya's national rugby sevens team have gone on strike after yet another wage dispute broke out.

Sportsnewsarena.com reported that the senior players in the team met earlier this week where they decided to take action after their salaries for August had allegedly not been paid.

"We met as players and decided to call off everything to do with Kenya 7s until we start being respected and well taken care of. In short, we are on strike," a senior player told the website.

 "We need to be respected and taken care of. We can’t be dealing with the same issues every year and they (KRU) expect us to perform," they stated.

A KRU official who was contacted by the online publication said he had no knowledge of the intended or ongoing go-slow or strike by the players.

On Monday the players were informed by the team manager Steve Sewe that their contracts had been cancelled.

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One of the players said the news was broken after they asked why their August salaries had not been deposited in their bank accounts.

"We were told the contracts had been cancelled when we asked for our delayed pay on Monday. They [KRU] say that the reason we haven't been paid is because the contracts had been cancelled. The message was relayed to us by the team manager when we asked the reason for the delay."

In the proposed "new contract", the players alleged: "New terms are being inserted in the "contracts" and without the input of the players.

But, a KRU director denied that the contracts had been cancelled.

"We are reviewing the contracts and the players should be patient," he said. 

Asked whether they had seen the contracts, the player replied: "We were not given contracts. What we signed was a letter of employment."

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