WIPA PRESIDENT DISCLOSES CONSTRUCTIVE BARGAINING STRATEGY
The Board of Directors of the West Indies Players Association (WIPA) has selected the team which will conduct crucial negotiations with the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) to revise the existing Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA).
President and CEO of WIPA, Dinanath Ramnarine, explained, “We want to aid the negotiation process and foster free discourse among the parties. This way there can be no doubt at all about the constructive approach we intend to use and the positive spirit which we will take to the negotiations. We have appointed two independent and impartial leaders in Caribbean dispute resolution to head our team – Dave Kissoon and Michael Hall. We have done so with the hope that the WICB will also reciprocate and remove any existing barriers to successful negotiations.”
Asked about his role in the negotiations, Mr. Ramnarine explained, “I am the institutional memory of WIPA. Up to this point I have been involved in every major negotiation, mediation and arbitration between WIPA and the WICB. However, I cannot lead while simultaneously trying to recall important events or key documents that would help the entire team effort. I want to be free to focus on the flow of the negotiations and while I will influence the process, I want it to proceed in a way that makes it clear that we want an outcome that will be in the best interests of West Indies Cricket.
Mr. Ramnarine added, “Mr. Kissoon is an extremely skilled and experienced Attorney who has successfully and brilliantly represented WIPA, as well as many other high profile clientele. A partner at the Amlaw 100 firm Cozen O’Connor, Mr. Kissoon actively practices in London, throughout the US ,as well as in the Caribbean, and is extremely familiar with the issues. He is the consummate international legal professional. Mr. Hall is a former Chief Cricket Operations Officer of the WICB and Cricket World Cup. His love for, and commitment to, West Indies cricket cannot be doubted or denied. We plan to demonstrate in a transparent manner that what WIPA ultimately wants is whatever will help West Indies Cricket regain the pinnacle of the global game.”
The negotiations start tomorrow, Monday, August 8th in Trinidad.