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NRL beginning to lose patience with RLPA

06/01/2004 06:50:24 PM Comments (0)

The National Rugby League has released a statement warning it was "losing patience" with the ongoing collective bargaining agreement (CBA) negotiations with the players union.

Members of the Rugby League Professionals Association (RLPA) will meet at South Sydney Leagues Club on Wednesday to discuss the latest developments with the negotiations.

The two sides have been negotiating for some time, with the dispute causing the cancellation of the Dally M awards in September.

The NRL said it had tried its best to accommodate the RLPA.

"The NRL remains willing to continue to strive for a negotiated outcome but is losing patience with the current process," the statement said.

Accusing the RLPA and its president, former Canterbury and Newcastle front rower Tony Butterfield, of having "constantly changing positions", the statement denied Butterfield's reported claim that three-quarters of issues relating to the CBA are yet to be resolved.

The statement says there are only two issues outstanding.

One is a request from the RLPA that the NRL contribute to the cost of wages, travelling expenses and other running costs incurred in running a football club.

To do so, the NRL has asked for more information from the RLPA.

"While the concept of any employer group funding the activities of a registered trade union is novel, the NRL can hardly be asked to consider funding without first being informed as to how the RLPA intends to spend the money," it said in the statement.

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