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Australian cricketers could strike over contract dispute

Monday, 15 May 2017 :  Australian cricketers are “prepared to strike” if a contract dispute is not resolved, which could have an impact on the Ashes at the end of the year.

In March, Cricket Australia proposed salary increases for men and women, but this would mean players no longer receive a percentage of CA’s revenue.

The offer was rejected and CA said it would not pay players after 30 June.

Ex-Australia captain Mark Taylor said the Australian Cricketers’ Association “aren’t negotiating at all”.

Taylor, who is also a CA board member, told a sports chat show on Nine Network on Sunday: “I have had players say to me in January that we could well be on strike in July.”

A letter from CA chief executive James Sutherland to the players’ association said 2016-17 contracts would not be renewed without a new agreement.

But the ACA said the proposal was “a win for cricket administrators but a loss for cricket”.

ACA chief executive Alistair Nicholson added: “The point lost on CA is that the players will not respond to threats.”

Source : Internet

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