Jackson: players will unite against IPL salary cap

Dandaloo’s Chris JacksonThe Illawarra Premier League’s reigning player of the year has foreshadowed unionisation if a salary cap is introduced.Chris Jackson – the 2009 George Naylor Medallist – believes IPL-registered players will join Professional Footballers Australia if a proposal to limit payments is adopted for 2012. A founding board member of the New Zealand players union, Jackson declared his Illawarra colleagues “would be crazy” not to unionise if the controversial plan came to fruition.Restricting remuneration might cut costs, but clubs would be obligated to fulfil agreements, Jackson said.”Clubs would simply have to honour their contracts with players and if they don’t do this the union would take action,” he wrote in an email to the Mercury.”The union stands up for and protects all members against any club or league that would try to take advantage of them in any way.”The former All White declared unionisation would stamp out some of the shadier practices around the competition.”Most clubs will hate this in this league as a lot run with the pretence of paying players what they are owed at season’s end,” Jackson wrote.”They often tell the player if they sign for the following year they will get the outstanding money … and the same thing happens until the player leaves.”Clubs make up fines to regather money they pay.”Union membership would also allow players to secure representation for disciplinary meetings.”It is sticking up for the basic rights of the players and their contracts,” Jackson said.”All they have to do is sign their name and stick together when needed.”The Dandaloo talisman is unaware of any other leagues that have moved to limit player wages.”No league restricts wages in Australia and it would open up a can of worms,” he wrote. “The salary cap can’t and won’t happen in this league.”
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