Australian cricketers show it pays to be in a union
The recent collective action by Australian cricketers has highlighted that no matter how talented an individual is, they are always stronger together with their colleagues when it comes securing wage increases and enhanced conditions.
Through their collective, the Australian Cricketers Association (ACA), the players were able to fend off a Cricket Australia (CA) proposal which would have scrapped their longstanding collective pay structure and, in essence, seen players paid on an individual basis.
Not only did the unified stance and strength of the players during recent negotiations stop the CA proposal, it has also resulted in a significant and unprecedented pay increase for women cricketers – described by the ABC (3 August 2017) as the “as the biggest pay rise in the history of women's sport in the country”.
IEUA-QNT Branch Secretary Terry Burke said that results of the recent dispute clearly underscored the ability of the collective to make real change to people’s lives and working conditions.
“When people come together collectively in their union change happens.
“For many still in Australia, the perception of unions that comes to mind if of the blue collar workers of decades past, when in fact union members can be found across the spectrum of society – from Australian Cricketers, to film and television personalities through to the professional educators our union represents.
“At a time where wages are stagnating and household incomes are in decline, it is by being part of your union that you have the opportunity to make real change in those areas.
“We are always stronger together, whether on the field or at the negotiating table,” Mr Burke said.