THE FAI last night upped the ante in their battle with SIPTU by circulating an email to staff informing them a 10 per cent would now be permanent.
CEO John Delaney last week informed employees that the cut was only for an 18-month period.
SIPTU, which represents over half of the 156 workers in the FAI, issued a statement on Friday flatly rejecting the proposal and insisted the matter was being referred to the Labour Relations commission for resolution.
However, in a circular to staff late last night by Operations Director Stephen Driver, staff were told the intervention of SIPTU has hardened their attitude.
It read: “Following a meeting of the Board of Management, we are writing to you in relation to the required cost saving measures approved by the Board of Management and as outlined to you by the CEO and the Executive Management Team at a recent staff briefing and communication.
“The implementation of these measures is critical in ensuring the sustainability of the Association over the coming 18 months.
“When deciding what measures to take, the Association did so in the best interests of maintaining jobs at the scale and level proposed and its core business in developing the game in Ireland.
“The Board of Management are very concerned about the recent media reports and the contents of same. Comments in the media made by SIPTU to date are not at all helpful to this process, especially given the fact that the Association had not received any formal communication from SIPTU prior to the media reports being published.
“The media reports fuelled by SIPTU over the weekend may very well have a negative impact on our future revenue streams through our funding partners, existing and potential sponsors and ticket sales which will in turn further diminish our ability to sustain our headcount and salary levels.
“The measures we had intended to implement were to be temporary in nature for an intended period of 18 months.
“However, the adverse effect of these actions by SIPTU has affected our ability to maintain these measures as temporary and are therefore now permanent.
“The measures that have been communicated to you were bottom line measures. As we have already indicated the consequences of not achieving our cost saving targets through what has been presented will have a spiralling impact on job positions across the Association.
“To ensure job security for you and your fellow employees, in this context we are seeking your agreement for these measures.”
Staff are understood to be fuming that Delaney has only taken the same 10 per cent cut as is being asked of them. His salary still stands at €360,000.
Latest accounts for the FAI from 2011 show that the association has taken bank and other loans of €69 million.
Delaney has admitted not a cent had been paid of capital had been paid off the €50million mortgage on the stadium. Interest payments alone during 2011 stood at €4.8million.