Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Numsa appalled at alleged PSL executives increase

By Tarryn Le Chat
27 June 2007

The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) says it is horrified at the latest revelation that Premier soccer League (PSL) executives will allegedly earn up to R30 million in each in commission after clinching a contraversial deal with pay-television Supersport for broadcasting rights.

Mziwakhe Hlangani, spokesperson for Numsa says that, “the union, which represents 220 000 workers, is infuriated and concerned that the four PSL executive members reportedly stand to benefit a share of R160 million including commissions for securing the agreement.”

The union believes its members and many of the poorer communities will be dispossessed of their right to watch their favourite sport.

“The deal will give indeed the dedicated DSTV Pay Channel exclusive rights to PSL soccer matches. Soccer matches will be the sole preserve of the few rich people in the country who subscribe to private MNET screens, depriving millions of workers and poor communities,” says Hlangani.

The union says the poor and middle class should not suffer while the executives make a profit off the deal with Supersport.

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