Cricket South Africa & Players Headed For Mediation In Postponed GLT20 Pay Settlement
With the unfortunate postponement of T20 Global League leaving the players miffed, Cricket South Africa( CSA) thinks mediation is the best way forward. The board is eyeing the step after failing to reach a settlement package with 144 players who had signed contracts to play in the league which was South Africa’s answer to leagues likes Indian Premier League and Big Bash League.
The first edition of the T20 Global League, originally scheduled to begin on November 3, was instead postponed to November 2018 due to numerous logistical challenges as well as the prospect of heavy financial losses.
The concerned parties have been negotiating over the compensation for close to a month with the players being represented by Tony Irish, the chief executive of both the Federation of International Cricketers’ Associations (FICA) and the South African Cricketers’ Association (SACA).
Speaking to Cricbuzz, Irish made it clear that his party agrees to go to mediation which he thinks is the right step.
“We agreed to go to mediation on it, and I think that’s the appropriate process to follow. You negotiate, and if you haven’t reached a settlement then it’s normal to go to a mediation process. It’s a responsible process and it often happens where there is a big negotiation,” Irish told the news outlet.
“There are a lot of compromises that need to be made on both sides. But what we want is a fair outcome, and that’s what mediation is about,” he added.
The report went on to add that the many of the players are miffed with the way the league was postponed just a month before its scheduled start. But with the CSA willing to enter mediation, any drastic steps from the players like a strike is highly unlikely,
“Strike action may have been bandied around, but it’s not something that we want to be thinking about,” said Irish.
Meanwhile, the cricket board is also negotiating with the coaches that were contracted for the league and are being represented by the South African Professional Sports Coaches Association (SAPSCA). The coaches, however, are in a different position with the board since the recently-formed SAPSCA does not have a Memorandum of Understanding with CSA.
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