The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has refused to reopen negotiations with its cricket team over their new
Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA)/Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in a decision that is likely to deepen resentment between players and administrators during the ongoing India series.
The following is the full letter from WICB president Whycliffe “Dave” Cameron that was sent to West Indies ODI captain Dwayne Bravo and copied to WIPA president Wavell Hinds:
10th October 2014
Mr. Dwayne Bravo
West Indies Cricket Team
Dear Mr. Bravo,
Thank you for your email. The WICB Board has learned of certain views expressed by the members of the current WI Team in India, by virtue of news articles as well as certain correspondence between yourself and your collective representative on which I as President of WICB, have been copied.
While we recognise that we may certainly be able to play a role in mediating the apparent issues between yourselves and WIPA – and are willing if invited, to do so; we must make it clear to you that we recognise and respect the principles set out in the MOU/CBA signed by ourselves and WIPA on September 19, 2014 and any involvement on our part could only be in accordance with that agreement.
The document is explicit in that the West Indies Players’ Association is the sole and exclusive collective bargaining representative recognised by the WICB for all Cricketers i.e. all persons contracted by the WICB to play for a West Indies Team. What this effectively means is that we will only engage in discussions relating to the welfare, working conditions and remuneration of Cricketers with WIPA.
For the record, I would point out to you our view that the new MOU/CBA creates a clear, sustainable, long-term compensation structure, so that we avoid the uncertainties and confusion associated with previous one-off negotiations on a case by case basis and the loose, informal arrangements of the past.
One of the major benefits of this structure is that players’ compensation is based on players earning a percentage of WICB revenue; so that we are engaged in a true partnership – where WICB benefits financially, the players will also benefit. The agreement also creates the framework for WICB and WIPA to comprehensively address the use of players’ image rights – so that both WICB and the players may benefit in relation to such usage. Further, it creates the opportunity for players to earn substantial amounts based on merit – by implementing financial rewards for on-field performances.
I would also advise you that strike action by the players only hurts West Indies cricket in the long run – it affects our ability to attract sponsors, it affects our credibility with other ICC Full Members and in the end, only hurts WICB – and by extension West Indies Cricket and the players – both financially and otherwise. I will take this opportunity to again thank the team for agreeing to take the field for the first ODI on October 8 and also to congratulate you on an excellent performance. Following from this, I would encourage you and the team to focus your attention at this time to the immediate task at hand – to successfully complete a series – and to deal with your grievances at the appropriate time and in the appropriate manner as provided for by the rules of your Association.
As the governing body for West Indies cricket, the WICB has every interest in seeing this matter successfully resolved, and we look forward to hearing from WIPA on the proposed way forward. You will note that I have copied in the WIPA President, Mr. Hinds, for his information and involvement in the discussion.
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