WIPA President all set to negotiate new CBA

Published: Saturday, July 2, 2011, 16:28 [IST]
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WIPA Prez all set to negotiate new CBA

Barbados, July 2: West Indies Players Association (WIPA) President and CEO Dinanath Ramnarine is set to negotiate with West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) over the collective bargaining agreement (CBA), a move that comes almost after a month-long stand off between the two.

Despite WICB's insistence that it is no longer interested in dealing with Ramnarine, the WIPA informed it had submitted all the required documents to the Board to start discussions over the CBA, in keeping with the terms of the agreement.

"WIPA is very committed to the negotiation process and looks forward to playing our part in the advancement of West Indies cricket," Ramnarine was quoted as saying in Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC).

Ramnarine, who is at loggerheads with WICB chief executive Ernest Hilaire, said WIPA only demands "an environment, which is sufficiently supportive of the players' rights".

"Just as Australia, England and other international jurisdictions have recognised that players' rights are essential and proportional to performance, what we want is an environment that is sufficiently supportive of the players' rights and their development to act as a catalyst to develop the future of our regional game," he said.

Earlier, the WICB had said that Ramnarine had not "demonstrated any willingness to constructively dialogue with the Board in the best interest of West Indies cricket".

After a meeting in Kingston, held to resolve the Chris Gayle selection issue last month, the WICB ended up accusing Ramnarine of behaving in a threatening manner towards Hilaire.

Following the showdown, the board had said that it would not be talking to the WIPA top official in future.

"Given Dinanath Ramnarine's threatening action towards the WICB chief executive officer (Hilaire), and the unprofessional conduct of Ramnarine during a recent meeting on June 14, the board will no longer engage with Ramnarine on any issue unless there is a change in his behaviour and conduct," a WICB media release said recently.

The Board had also asked WIPA to select alternative representatives to negotiate on behalf of the players body.

But WIPA said it would not be restricted in who represented the organisation at future meetings with the board.


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