PAY PROBLEMS: Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland addresses the media outside of the Cricket Australia head office earlier this week.
PAY PROBLEMS: Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland addresses the media outside of the Cricket Australia head office earlier this week. JAMES ROSS

ACA labels CA 'adversarial' as pay debate rolls on

THE Australian Cricketers Association says mediation not arbitration is the way to solve cricket's pay dispute after Thursday's ultimatum from Cricket Australia.

Frustrated by what he called a "strategy" of delaying tactics from the players union, CA boss James Sutherland said if urgent talks couldn't solve the impasse by next week, an independent arbitrator should be used to create a binding agreement.

But the ACA turned the focus back on Sutherland and his decision not to get involved in talks until last month.

In a statement the ACA declared it had made its own concessions and offered solutions including temporary contracts for the upcoming tour of Bangladesh.

It labelled arbitration as "adversarial" and maintained a resolution could yet be reached if Sutherland and ACA boss Alistair Nicholson continued to talk.

"Without the presence of the CA CEO, the ACA has for three months been calling for independent mediation to resolve the dispute between the Australian Cricketers Association and Cricket Australia," the ACA statement said.

"In the event of no agreement being reached the ACA believes mediation is the right process to resolve the dispute because it is non-adversarial, voluntary and faces no jurisdictional constraints.

"This means both parties with the assistance of an independent mediator work together to fashion an agreed resolution.

"This is important because a mutually agreed outcome will be better for the future of the game rather than a decision imposed by a third party.

"Arbitration is an adversarial process more akin to a courtroom. A further concern is the time it would take for an arbiter to meaningfully understand the complexities of revenue sharing in elite professional sport and then to make judgment. This compromises the needs for urgency.

"That said, in the spirit of doing all we can to resolve the dispute, the ACA will examine the correspondence provided by CA and any suggested parameters for arbitration before making further comment.

"And will continue to work intensively in the CEO to CEO negotiations which are currently taking place with a view to achieving resolution."

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