Hope for pay dispute resolution as talks progress

It seems as if a new Memorandum of Understanding is imminent as progress has finally been made in negotiations between Cricket Australia and the ACA.

Talks began afresh this week and may extend across the weekend with positive noises coming out of both camps.

With sponsors putting pressure on Cricket Australia ahead of the Ashes later this year and the Australian Cricketer’s Assocation withdrawing their request for third party mediation it seems Australia may soon have a team once more.

The respective chief executives James Sutherland (CA) and Alistair Nicholson (ACA) have seemingly stepped up involvement in the process as the dispute has now threatened the long-term well-being of cricket in Australia.

The news will bring relief to the Bangladesh Cricket Board who may have feared that Australia’s slated two-Test tour next month could have been in danger.

The ACA executive recently held an emergency meeting attended by 300 players and resolved that none of its members would participate in CA matches until the MoU was finalized.

CA Chairman David Peever has revealed that the board will offer the players a share of surplus revenue rather than a slice of gross revenue to protect the best interests of the game as a whole.

In an article written for the board’s official website Peever lashed out at CA’s critics in Australia and described their latest offer as generous.

Peever wrote: “For the record, I respect the role of the ACA – and unions in general – to negotiate on behalf of their members. I recognise the place of collective bargaining and I accept the industrial relations framework in Australia. When the current dispute is resolved, I would like to see the ACA resume the important and constructive role it has played in cricket up until recent times. Any claims that I hold contrary views to this are simply untrue.