Cricket Australia (CA) today rejected calls for mediation from the Australian Cricketers' Association, and have cast further doubt on their intention to want an MOU resolution before June 30.
Last Friday the ACA called for mediation as a means of breaking the current impasse in the negotiation on a new Memorandum of Understanding.
However, CA’s response today in the form of a letter sent from David Peever to Greg Dyer (that was also sent to all players) has categorically rejected the ACA’s call and made a number of inaccurate statements.
CA state that the ACA has not ‘begun negotiation’ or ‘attempted to negotiate’; both statements that the ACA clearly deny, causing ACA President Greg Dyer to respond strongly.
“How does CA expect to get a deal done by June 30?
“To make inaccurate statements about negotiations not having begun is poor form and clearly not consistent with good faith discussions.
“To be clear, I personally met with CA back on November 11 to commence negotiations, at which time we were commended for the position that had been presented on behalf of the players.
“Since then, the ACA Management have had over 20 hours of face-to-face meetings with CA.”
Dyer said that despite today’s letter from CA, that mediation still remained the logical answer.
“The players have categorically rejected CA’s offer given that it did not include the Revenue Sharing Model, but their offer is all that CA want to talk about.
“The current successful Revenue Sharing Model has been presented by the ACA with a number of solutions regarding increases in grassroots cricket, flexibility in investment and sharing of risk; yet CA appears unwilling to talk about our approach.
“The ACA clearly want to resolve a new MOU before June 30, and given the differences in both parties, mediation seems the right step.”