Cricket Aus­tralia calls off player pay talks un­til new year

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Cricket Aus­tralia has bro­ken off pay talks with its play­ers, say­ing on­go­ing ne­go­ti­a­tions could be a dis­trac­tion to play­ers at a busy time of the sea­son. In­for­mal meet­ings be­tween the gov­ern­ing body and the ACA were due to take place this week but Cricket Aus­tralia has called a post­pone­ment un­til the new year.

In a state­ment on Mon­day a spokesman said Cricket Aus­tralia “will not take part in a process which seeks to draw its play­ers into a public dis­pute.” It ap­peared to be re­fer­ring to the ACA’s move last week to make public its con­cerns about a preg­nancy clause in con­tracts of­fered to fe­male play­ers.

Cricket Aus­tralia says the ACA mis­rep­re­sented the na­ture of the clause, which re­quires play­ers to de­clare they are not preg­nant be­fore they sign a con­tract.

The ACA de­scribed the clause as “out­dated at best and rather con­de­sc­den­ing.” Cricket Aus­tralia chief ex­ec­u­tive James Suther­land con­demned the play­ers’ as­so­ci­a­tion stance on the clause, say­ing the cur­rent ne­go­ti­a­tion was a chance to develop a pol­icy “that keeps the health and safety of women, and their ba­bies, first and fore­most.”

In yes­ter­day’s state­ment Cricket Aus­tralia came close to sug­gest­ing the ACA was not ne­go­ti­at­ing in good faith. “Cricket Aus­tralia is com­mit­ted to a ne­go­ti­a­tion that is con­ducted in good faith be­tween the two par­ties, but will not take part in a process which seeks to draw its play­ers into a public dis­pute,” the spokesman said.

“Play­ers de­serve the op­por­tu­nity to fo­cus on the game rather than be­ing dis­tracted by a ne­go­ti­a­tion that should be con­ducted in a pro­fes­sional and con­fi­den­tial man­ner.

“In the pe­riod that will see tens of thou­sands of fans en­joy (Big Bash League) matches and the cricket com­mu­nity pre­pare for an­other Box­ing Day test that can­not be as­sured if dis­cus­sions con­tinue un­der cur­rent ar­range­ments with the ACA.” — AP

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