A Fair day's work for a fair day's pay
What should Hearts players do about their unpaid wages ?
Withdraw their labour ?
Treat their contracts as repudiated and walk away as free agents ?
Or stick it out in the hope that Vladimir Romanov finds the cash from somewhere ?
There is no more fundamental breach of the contract between employer and employee than failure to pay wages due.
Every labourer is worthy of his hire. Unless he plays for Hearts it seems.
There appears to be a sanguine view among some fans that because the players are earning by many standards handsome salaries, that they can and should be able to cope, but that misses the point.
Professional footballers, like most of us, live according to their incomes and have outgoings according to their incomes.
Football authorities always like to see the law kept out of the sport.
But it appears that even in the wake of the landmark Jean-Marc Bosman ruling 16 years ago, they have learned little.
The Hearts players could not be blamed for resorting to the law of the land, claiming breach of contract and walking out of Tynecastle as free agents.
That would deny the club any compensation which would otherwise be due for the players.
The club can't have it both ways.
It cannot ask players to commit themselves to the shirt and the cause and risk career threatening injuries while not paying them wages due for work done.