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Pay dispute in AFL a slow process: Jonas

AAP logoAAP 14/12/2016 Steve Larkin

Players say their pay dispute with the AFL will drag on well into next year but are hopeful of a resolution before the new season starts.

The AFL is resisting the AFL Players' Association demands for a percentage of fixed revenue in the new collective bargaining agreement.

Talks have stalled in past months with the Players' Association mooting possible strike action during next year's preseason competition.

"Strike action is obviously your last measure," Port Adelaide backman Tom Jonas, his club's delegate to the players' association, told reporters on Wednesday.

"We have got other measures before we get to that so hopefully it doesn't get to that stage. Obviously we would like to be out there playing football."

Jonas said the AFL "hasn't come to the table" in the negotiations.

"We would be really keen for them to get in there and get some negotiations happening," he said.

"We feel like we're giving a bit, we just want the AFL to come to the table and give a bit as well.

"So it's going to be potentially a slow process. We are quite a fair way apart but hopefully we can get that resolved before the season starts."

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