Soccer players also deserve better pay

Dennis Dauda

THIS week domestic football witnessed a very unfortunate incident when the Caps United leadership sacked three players believed to be ring leaders in the match boycott threat prior to their Castle Lager Premier Soccer League tie against Cranborne Bullets on Sunday. The protest was over remuneration.

The three senior players: Goalkeeper Simba Chinani, defender Dennis Dauda and striker Clive Augusto seen as bad influence to the team were released as free agents in a move which has sent tongues wagging.

While the players’ conduct is regrettable, it is perhaps important to take a brief look at the circumstances that led to this unfortunate incident.

The Caps United players have for the better part of the season been advocating for a review of their salaries in light of the sky-rocketing cost of goods and services. While pressing for better salaries is a constitutionally guaranteed right for every employee, employers often resort to threats of dismissal in the belief that it is the solution to the problem. Yet it can’t escape a critical eye that this kind of response is counter -productive and achieves the opposite of what the employers want to achieve.

It is important to understand that employees are key stakeholders of any organisation. They are the nerve centre of any organisation, they are the control centre. While it is the workers who are involved in value creation in any organisational set up, surprisingly they are often excluded in value sharing. Such a relationship is one of exploitation. It smacks of deception and that normally creates disharmony within an organisation, ultimately affecting productivity.

When workers are excluded from sharing the value they were involved in creating, this compromises quality. One of the major problems with most employers is that they emphasise and focus more on production as opposed to productivity. They are happy to see workers coming to work every day even if they are underpaid. They seem not to be worried about issues of quality control, yet this is what grows the organisation.

It is what makes an organisation achieve its set targets. But for any organisation to achieve desired goals, the starting point is critical. An organisation must pay its workers handsomely, it must ensure the working environment is not mechanical. That is a key strategy to grow revenue by any organisation because when employees are motivated, they are prepared to go an extra mile. That is the magic.

You do not need a rocket scientist to tell you how to grow your organisation. Most people think that big organisations pay their employees handsome salaries because they are big. No! They are big because they pay handsome salaries. An organisation which considers the interests of its employees as a major priority is guaranteed to grow. After all, one of the major reasons for the abolishment of the slave trade is that it was found to be counter-productive. It was realised that a demotivated worker is counter -productive.

The Caps United management must, therefore, consider the importance of player remuneration if they are to entertain hopes of winning the championship they last won in 2016. The Green Machine rehired coach Lloyd Chitembwe in the hope of winning the league title this term, but his tenure has already been tainted by players haggling with club management over issues of salaries. Already they are a massive 12 points behind log leaders Dynamos and the season is fast approaching the half way stage of the campaign. It is important for the Caps management to diagnose the problem that has left them in this state of possible paralysis. Employees, including soccer players anywhere across the world need to be incentivised and once that happens they are prepared to go the extra mile.