David Peever Denies Allegations Of Industrial Agenda
Cricket Australia chairman David Peever has strongly rejected all allegations and claims of an industrial agenda being behind the institution’s recent decisions and modus operandi. This after the recent squab involving the Memorandum of Understanding discussions between Cricket Australia and the Australian Cricketers’ Association – resulting in a player-driven boycott of the upcoming Australia A tour to South Africa.
The allegations seem to be coming mainly from former Australian trade unions boss Greg Combet, who has been enlisted in the role of advisor to ASA. Peever said that the allegations were wrong and completely out of line, and that while he recognised the need for bargaining, this was a reckless strategy by ASA – one that would ultimately culminate in a negative impact on the very players that the association was seeking to protect.
Peever, former MD of mining superpower Rio Tinto, said that he took special exception to Combet’s insinuations that Cricket Australia was building its decisions on a twisted industrial relations agenda – one that supposedly had its roots firmly planted in the mining industry.
Key Disagreements To Blame
During March of this year, Cricket Australia proposed that all current players share in a capped pool of any income that was in oversupply. They also projected pay increases for all international as well as domestic players over the next five years. The ACA rejected any propositions differing from the existing form of revenue sharing – and came to the table with their own share of counter-proposals for the division of surplus revenue.
Cricket Australia has rejected ACA’s counter-proposals, effectively leading to a deadlock. They allegedly also went one step too far by personally contacting players in an effort to continue the discussions in a more fruitful way – this after the players had clearly expressed their wishes to continue all negotiations via ACA. Peever responded that despite the fact that Cricket Australia respected the players’ wishes, the institution had reserved the right to avail relevant information directly to the players.
Peever stands firm with the expressed opinion that the terms of the proposals were more than fair – with healthy increases in pay all round, regardless of gender. He went on to say that ACA responded to the negotiations in a vicious and overly dramatic way, and hinted at the fact that this seemed to be the want of trade unions as a rule.
Peever also warned of the dangers of driving away commercial sponsors as a result of the boycott, saying that players were now about to imperil the future of the game of cricket itself. He went on to say that, despite popular opinion, he would never begrudge any player a proper remuneration.
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