Tuesday 20 February 2018

Refs ready to strike

Jackie Cahill

THE threat of strike action by Tipperary referees has resurfaced after the county's top whistlers rejected county board proposals aimed at resolving the dispute between the two camps.

Tipp referees are prepared to down tools because of their unhappiness with the restrictions on match passes for referees and their teams of umpires, as well as the reduction of meal allowances for major games.

A six-man county board delegation met with refereeing representatives in Thurles last week and talks then were described as "constructive".

But a number of county board proposals that have since gone before rank and file referees in the four divisions have been rejected. The latest move by the county board is for referees to receive a meal allowance of €20 for county finals only, but no money will be provided for quarter-finals and semi-finals.

In addition, refs who've not refereed at county level in 2010 will not receive match passes this year -- and the 38 new referees being rolled out by the various divisions will also be excluded under the proposed new terms.

The divisional figureheads returned to their members last Friday night to discuss what was on offer from Tipperary GAA chiefs but have been instructed to inform the county board that these terms will not be accepted.

If a resolution is not found during the latest round of discussions this evening, refereeing sources have indicated that they will begin strike action, starting next weekend.

Irish Independent

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