Hearts have announced their players have received their November salaries as PFA Scotland prepared to submit an official complaint over the matter to the Scottish Premier League.
Representatives from the players' union met on Thursday with the first-team squad and urged them to sign a letter of permission allowing PFA Scotland to represent them in their battle to recover their owed salaries.
Hearts players' wages are due on the 16th of each month, but their October salary was received on November 4. With December's pay due on Friday, Hearts declared the November salary has now been paid - 29 days overdue.
A statement on the club's official website, www.heartsfc.co.uk, read: "Hearts today finalised all remaining November salary payments to players and the club board also issued a statement to supporters to remain resolute and not to be swayed by the more sensationalist parties using the club's current challenges to promote themselves."
There followed a 700-word statement from director Sergejus Fedotovas, which attacked critics of the current regime under owner Vladimir Romanov.
The letter of complaint signed by the Hearts squad was expected to be presented by PFA Scotland to the SPL on Friday. The subject of player wages at Hearts would therefore be likely to be on the agenda at Monday's SPL board meeting.
Hearts' announcement does little to rectify the situation if the players go without their December payment on Friday and PFA Scotland may yet register the players' unhappiness with the situation.
Prior to Hearts' declaration, PFA Scotland chief executive Fraser Wishart told awaiting television reporters: "I think the players have shown a lot of patience in recent weeks, but it can't go on.
"They have now given PFA Scotland full authorisation to represent them."
Wishart added that the move has the "full backing of the dressing room".