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Rugby Australia Collective Bargaining Agreement

16 Dec Posted by in Uncategorized | Comments
Rugby Australia Collective Bargaining Agreement

The agreement positions rugby in a positive way to start 2018 and brings clarity to all professional players in rugby for the future. It also allows the game`s new executives and administrators to begin their rejuvenation of the professional game from a stable and unified platform, and offers security to players when the game enters this new era. The new KBA will enter into force immediately and, in accordance with the current broadcasting agreement, expires at the end of 2020. A third collective agreement came into force in December 2004. The agreement dealt with issues related to the burnout of players, the accreditation of agents, security and security, compulsory higher education and the improvement of employment conditions for all players. [3] [9] The new agreement, which is in effect until 2020, ensures that minimum wages are the same for professional male and female super rugby and rugby seven players. The collective agreement also establishes a pregnancy policy for professional players to provide support and security around their employment. If players successfully take over the disillusioned fan community of Australian rugby, they may be able to indirectly benefit from the increase in viewer numbers and television quotas by injecting bonuses into the CBA. This would give skin to the players in the game.

The outgoing head of rugby in Australia, Bill Pulver, for whom this will probably be his last great legacy in the game, said it would be a boost for rugby. This current agreement comes about 14 years after the conclusion of the last agreement in 2004, the final agreement of which will automatically apply for several years. The length of this new agreement is significant, as the next broadcast agreement will come in other circumstances, with the possibility of a Super Rugby review and the development of Andrew Forrest`s Peaceful Rugby Championship also being launched into the mix. Part of the solution could already be found in the interim agreement. Up to six highly paid players can take sabbaticals abroad to recover the shortfall in their salary. Perhaps this measure could be extended to allow more players to take sabbaticals, so that Rugby Australia can pay its top players what it could afford without financially penalising the players. Any new CBA negotiations must recognise that Australian rugby players are a valuable asset in the global marketplace. How can he keep costs low in the uncertain future and ensure that his best players are properly rewarded? While other sports were trapped last year in nasty disputes over new salaries, rugby has kept its share of players at 29%, similar to those of the AFL and NRL that negotiated deals in 2017. Australian professional players have the right to demand the highest salaries they can, but over the past decade, Australian rugby has been forced to pay a premium for players because rich clubs competed strongly in Europe and Japan. This has weighed on Australian rugby`s ability to invest in the base of the game, well behind its big rivals, notably the AFL. Rugby Australia, the Rugby Union Players Association (RUPA) and the four Australian Super Rugby teams have introduced a collective agreement that will match the salaries of male and female athletes.

The most important development of the new agreement is the pay parity between the seven men and women and beginners in super rugby. RUPA conducts collective bargaining with its employers on behalf of its members. There have been three agreements: negotiations on the deal began in October 2017, with both sides keen to reach an agreement as soon as possible after a turbulent year for Australian rugby. During the life of the current CBA, the Wallabies slipped to seventh in the world rankings, their lowest ranking of all time, while no Australian super rugby team won the title during this period.

 

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