Cricketers must bury hatchet with union
THE EDITOR, Sir: The present impasse in West Indies cricket provides good material for those who wish to criticise the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) for its renowned mismanagement of the game. It, therefore, doesn't necessarily allow for a true and principled review of the issues involved.
From all indications, the players and the board have agreed to govern their relationship through the use of industrial relations; if this is so, all the principles of industrial relations must be observed.
There has been much talk about the terms of the collective bargaining agreement. At intervals, the union should have been consulting with its members to determine the acceptability of management's offers.
The union (WIPA), having advised management of its willingness to accept, has absolved the WICB of any obligation but to deliver on the contents of the agreement.
The members of the union, being aggrieved over either the process used by the union or over the elements of the agreement or both, now have a dispute with their union and NOT with their employer. Any suggestion that a dispute has arisen between the players and their employers as a result of the agreement is wrong.
To have withdrawn their service in India is to have engaged in wildcat industrial action and in other employment could be cited for abandonment of job, which can lead to separation without compensation.
The players and their union need to get to the meeting room and resolve their issues, which may include a request to renegotiate the agreement.