The Rugby League Gamers Affiliation has shot down stories that they’ve obtained any new monetary presents from the Australian Rugby League Fee because the events try and kind out a joint collective bargaining settlement for NRLW and NRL gamers.
The CBA has been delayed by greater than three months though key progress was made earlier within the week when the events introduced an in-principle settlement for NRLW monetary phrases.
That included a rise to the wage cap and the minimal wage, in addition to detailed being pregnant insurance policies for feminine gamers who at the moment are capable of signal multi-year offers.
The precise CBA hasn’t been finalised but, with the RLPA releasing an announcement on Thursday morning to let followers know that they haven’t obtained a brand new monetary supply from the ARLC since December 23.
“For the avoidance of doubt, a monetary supply from the ARLC is a complete determine that captures all of the gamers’ salaries, advantages and funding for packages,” the assertion learn.
“The final monetary supply the RLPA obtained from the ARLC and NRL was on December twenty third 2022 for $1.347b.
“The monetary supply on December twenty third 2022 for $1.347b is similar determine that has been reported yesterday and at this time as a brand new supply.
“In January 2023, the RLPA despatched a counter-proposal to the ARLC and NRL. This counter-proposal didn’t request any further cash above the ARLC’s monetary supply from December 2022.”
That supply was made on the identical day the NRL trumpeted a report wage cap for female and male gamers which angered the RLPA who hasn’t been consulted earlier than the announcement was made.
It was the pre-Christmas announcement that soured negotiations and raised fears of a possible participant boycott with NRL stars voicing their dissatisfaction at how the method has been dealt with.
These tensions simmered down with a lot of constructive conferences resulting in this week’s NRLW announcement, however stories of a brand new monetary proposal haven’t gone down properly with the RLPA who’re combating to kind out the CBA earlier than the NRL season kicks off in a fortnight.
“The ARLC monetary proposal was recycled and positioned as new info,” the assertion continued.
“Given the relative progress that was made throughout final week’s negotiations, in addition to Tuesday’s official announcement of an in-principle settlement for NRLW monetary phrases, this doesn’t assist both occasion make additional progress.
“The RLPA’s counter-proposal, which doesn’t request any further cash from the ARLC, continues to be earlier than the NRL and is able to acceptance.
“We stay actively concerned in bargaining this week. We’ll proceed to barter on key areas necessary to gamers, together with RLPA autonomy and settlement rights on core phrases and situations.
“There may be nonetheless rather more work to do as we proceed to barter a joint CBA for NRLW and NRL gamers which captures all their phrases and situations.”