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PCA say rise in salary cap is ‘non-negotiable’ as pay dispute looms

Daryl Mitchell, the chairman of the Professional Cricketers’ Association, has warned rise in the salary cap is a “non-negotiable” a part of any take care of the ECB.

Mitchell, the gamers’ union boss, is one of many workforce negotiating a brand new deal for gamers for the interval from 2020 to 2024, as a part of each the Team England Player Partnership (TEPP; which successfully decides the worth of central contracts for worldwide gamers) and the County Partnership Agreement (CPA; which decides how a lot cash every county ought to obtain and pointers over the way it needs to be spent). The PCA are additionally negotiating the ladies’s pay deal, each domestically and internationally.

And, with the brand new broadcast deal injecting extra money into the sport than ever earlier than, Mitchell expects a “fair share” of that income to seek out its solution to the gamers.

So he admits he was “very surprised” to learn reviews that the ECB had advised county chief executives that there could be no rise in the salary cap as a part of the CPA.

“The salary cap has to rise,” Mitchell advised ESPNcricinfo. “That is non-negotiable.

“You cannot have a state of affairs the place an enormous quantity extra money comes into the sport and the gamers don’t profit from it. We have made that very clear to the ECB and we’re going to be very sturdy on this situation. It actually is non-negotiable.”

The salary cap – presently set at round GBP2million a 12 months – dictates the entire quantity that counties can pay their gamers. While it is not related to a majority of counties – some spend lower than half that quantity and it is understood that just one, Surrey, argued for a rise on the chief executives’ assembly – there is an expectation that salaries will rise as extra money comes into the sport. The ECB has already promised the counties an additional GBP1.3million a 12 months every from 2020.

The PCA are additionally insisting upon a rise in the salary collar (the minimal quantity paid by a county in salaries to gamers; the present determine is GBP750,000 a 12 months), a rise in the minimal wage – and the means to pressure counties to stay to it – and assurances that every one present gamers will profit in a tangible means from the brand new broadcast deal. At current the PCA suggest a minimal wage (it begins at GBP17,897 for 18-year-olds and rises to GBP25,354 for 24-year-olds) however discovered widespread abuse of the system as a part of a current survey.

“Those are the 4 ideas,” Mitchell confirmed. “The salary collar determine is very low at current and should rise. Some counties are solely simply above it. And we’ll even be searching for the CPA to have some enamel to compel counties to make sure they respect the minimal wages necessities.

“We additionally need to guarantee that all our members – and now we have 420 present gamers to think about – profit from the brand new broadcast deal. Not simply the England gamers; not simply these concerned in The 100 and never simply these on minimal wage: all our members in the center of these teams.

“In any negotiation course of, you will have some wins and also you make some concessions. But these 4 ideas are quite simple and we can’t be budging from our stance on them.”

News of the ECB’s feedback on the chief executives’ assembly come at an ungainly time in their relationship with the PCA. A number of weeks in the past, the ECB chairman, Colin Graves, appeared to contradict his chief govt, Tom Harrison, in insisting plans for the brand new 100-ball match have been “set in stone.” A number of days earlier, Harrison had advised the PCA the competitors was solely on the conceptual stage.

And, whereas there was a lot discuss of late of the ECB’s must tighten the purse strings, their recently-published accounts present that on prime of the salaries of prime executives (and the very best paid govt on the ECB earns GBP605,000 a 12 months earlier than pension contributions), an incentive plan has been arrange that can see as much as GBP3.2million additional paid to these executives by the tip of 2022.

“Our relationship with the ECB is nonetheless good,” Mitchell said, “however there are occasions I believe their communication could possibly be higher. All the conversations we have had with them ought to have left them in little question over our views and at no stage have they led us to consider that there shall be no extra money. We’re nonetheless assured this may be resolved amicably.”

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