The Rugby League Gamers’ Affiliation (RLPA) has dominated out strike motion however will again any participant who sues the NRL over it controversial modifications to behavioural coverage.
RLPA chief government Ian Prendergast mentioned he was upset however not shocked after the ARL fee on Thursday pushed by way of guidelines, permitting the sport to face down gamers accused of great crimes.
The gamers’ union was contemplating its subsequent step on Thursday and foreshadowed taking on the battle to Rugby League Central on a number of fronts.
Prendergast mentioned he would stand behind any participant who exercised their authorized rights.
He mentioned any alterations wanted to be agreed to by the union and mentioned they’d take into account difficult it by way of the collective bargaining settlement dispute course of.
Nonetheless, he flatly dominated out strike motion and gamers sitting out video games.
“We’re not contemplating industrial motion in relation to this determination,” Prendergast mentioned.
“We’ll weigh up our choices beneath the collective bargaining settlement and the legislation and assist the person when it comes to the authorized rights which they could want to pursue.”
Prendergast went to nice lengths to voice his opposition to violence in opposition to girls, nevertheless, he mentioned standing a participant down whereas they had been earlier than the courts undermined their authorized proper to a presumption of innocence.
“I perceive the sport is beneath large strain,” Prendergast mentioned.
“However I believe now we have to take heed to the basic rights that everybody in our society expects.
“I’d additionally name out the comparisons which can be being made with different professions – they’re distinguishable and really totally different.”
St George Illawarra lock Jack de Belin was the primary participant to be stood down as he confronted a cost of aggravated sexual assault. He has pleaded not responsible.
Gamers stay on full pay whereas they’re sidelined, nevertheless, it may cost a participant corresponding to De Belin, an incumbent NSW State of Origin ahead, lots of of 1000’s of in missed consultant match funds.
De Belin final yr earned $90,000 for his three Origin appearances within the Blues’ collection win and, with the prospect of his case dragging on for 18 to 24 months, the RLPA is apprehensive about its impact on his profession and incomes potential.
“Standing down a participant for 2 years can have a major affect on their livelihood. In some circumstances, it might utterly wipe out their profession,” Prendergast mentioned.