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News: Players' union accuses NRL of 'ambush'

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by ManlyBacker, Aug 18, 2010.

  1. ManlyBacker

    ManlyBacker Winging it Staff Member

    +972 /7
    <p>THE future of the NRL contracting system was uncertain last night.  The indecision came   after the players' union and agents association slammed moves by the league to introduce a safeguard for the salary cap designed to make managers and their players more accountable.</p>

    <a href="http://silvertails.net/news/5069-players-union-accuses-nrl-of-ambush.html">Read the full article</a>
  2. ManlyBacker

    ManlyBacker Winging it Staff Member

    +972 /7
    Players talk strike action as anger over NRL's new agreement grows
    Brad Walter smh.com.au

    THE NRL faces the threat of industrial action from angry players, including a possible strike, if a new collective bargaining agreement is not finalised before the current deal expires on October 31.

    Players' Association boss David Garnsey hit out at the NRL over a lack of consultation and cited a number of examples, including recent changes to the salary cap.

    The RLPA and a sub-committee of NRL club CEOs are negotiating a new CBA, but frustrated players have been questioning whether the process is a waste of time after it was announced last month that the salary cap would be lifted by $100,000 next season.

    "This is yet another example of the NRL's culture of non-consultation, which is all the more extraordinary when you consider that we have been in negotiations with them for two months in relation to a new collective bargaining agreement,'' Garnsey said of the new requirement for players to sign statutory declarations guaranteeing that their contracts complied with the salary cap.

    ''The RLPA has in the recent past taken issue with the NRL for unilaterally imposing new regulations on players, including the revised procedure for dealing with off-field behaviour announced last December and the announcement in June of salary cap changes in advance of any negotiations with the RLPA.''

    The RLPA is yet to agree to the salary cap changes and if the two parties cannot reach agreement on a new CBA before the current one expires, the Herald was told that a ''whole range of options would then open up'' for the players to consider.

    Under industrial relations law, employees cannot take strike action over CBA negotiations while bound by an existing agreement.

    Garnsey, who is yet to receive official notification from the NRL, said that he was "appalled but, regrettably, not surprised" by the NRL's decision to introduce a new rule in relation to playing contracts without consultation with either the players themselves or their agents.

    He said he had written to NRL chief executive David Gallop calling for the new guidelines to be removed.

    Gallop said last night the NRL would suspend the implementation of the new guidelines for seven days so the RLPA could explain its objections.

    ''Technically, the RLPA is entitled to have been made aware of any change to the rules but the extent to which this is a change of any substance is debatable,'' Gallop said.

    ''That said, we will suspend the use of the clause for seven days so the RLPA can make submissions regarding the change.''

    The Players Agent Association is also opposed to the change and has sought legal advice after being notified of the new rule late Monday.

    ''The PAA intends to seek an explanation from David Gallop as to why this ambush has occurred and to express its disappointment at the approach adopted,'' PAA chief Steve Gillis said.

    ''Whilst the PAA welcomes transparency in regards to playing contracts, the process the NRL has undertaken fails all the tests of due process with no reasonable opportunity having been provided to the stakeholders for consultation.''
  3. ManlyBacker

    ManlyBacker Winging it Staff Member

    +972 /7
    NRL demands RLPA cap answers

    The NRL has given the Rugby League Players Association five days to explain its objection to a requirement for players and agents to swear that they are being truthful in disclosing all payments in their playing contract.

    "We have been very public this year in outlining the need to make people more accountable in terms of the contract payments that are submitted," NRL Chief Executive, Mr David Gallop, said today.

    "The final drafting of that has made it clear that the players and the agents should each declare that the contract they submit represents everything that is being paid."

    "It is entirely consistent with the fundamental obligation that already exists in the contract. It seeks to protect players and agents from any innuendo around their knowledge of salary cap cheating."

    "The RLPA can’t seriously be saying that players are prepared to sign a contract which promises the terms are accurate but that they won’t sign a declaration that swears the same thing."

    "Technically, the RLPA is entitled to have been made aware of any change to the rules but the extent to which this is a change of any substance is debatable."

    "That said, we will suspend the use of the clause for seven days so the RLPA can make submissions regarding the change."

    "David Garnsey’s own letter to the NRL concedes that greater accountability may well be warranted but he has chosen to issue an emotional press release rather than look at the substance of the issue."

    "That said, we will await their response as, contrary to what has been alleged, we have gone to some lengths to consult the Players Association throughout the current Salary Cap review."
  4. ads

    ads Well-Known Member

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    This is what I've been saying since the storm think broke. Suck it up players - if you tell the truth then you'll be fine.

    I reckon this will cut down on salary cap dodginess!
  5. blitzkrieg

    blitzkrieg Active Member

    +10 /0
    Anything to make managers accountable has to be on the right track

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