TAPES-UP: Hans happy with resolution to pay dispute
ROBINS skipper Hans Andersen believes he and his teammates were right to make a stand over unpaid wages, but is happy with the plan put in place to sort the issue.
The majority of the Robins team only had one bike in the pits for the eventual loss to the Aces - a move which was made to highlight the fact they were owed a combined £50,000 in points money.
Before the meeting the club’s management met with the team to explain the situation and then made a partial payment to each rider first thing on Friday morning - as is normal after Swindon home meetings - and while the details of the plan to fully resolve the issue remain in-house, the Robins riders are looking forward to putting the whole incident behind them.
“I know some fans don’t agree with what we did, but it’s a different thing with us because we have bigger bills than the average person,” Andersen said.
“We have mechanics, travel and equipment to pay for so it costs us a lot of money to do our jobs.
“We don’t really have anything to prove to the fans because we turn up week in week out and do our best, and everyone knows now we have been riding for no money and putting our health at risk.
“Now it’s out in the open we can think ahead and everyone can turn up happy now because the riders have already been paid some money.
“It was nice for the club to come out and admit what was going on, and it’s nice there’s a plan out there to sort out the problem.
“It was one of those things that had been going on for so long and just needed to be public, but now there’s a plan laid for the future to solve the problem so we can go out and carry on what we have been doing.
“Everyone can go and buy the parts we need and pay suppliers and things like that, so it’s happy days.”
Team manager Alun Rossiter was also quick to reassure the club’s fans the issues are being resolved.
“Things are back on track and obviously what went on on Thursday night was not an ideal scenario for us at all,” he said.
“I believe things are sorted and the club’s in the right place.
“The riders know that, but it wasn’t ideal in the way it was done and losing probably made it twice as bad to be honest.
“I can assure the fans that the club will be sorted in the next few days and is stable and there will be no more issues.”
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