The Rugby League Players Association (RLPA) has offered a peace deal to the ARL commission in an effort to resolve their ongoing dispute. RLPA chair, Deidre Anderson, reached out to ARL commission chair, Peter V’landys, earlier this week suggesting they recommence discussions on the Collective Bargaining Agreement.
The RLPA proposed a meeting for Wednesday morning, a suggestion the NRL was open to. The two organisations have been at an impasse for more than a year, with talks recently coming to a halt. This roadblock motivated the players to publicly show their frustration with the stalled negotiations.
Some interpreted this move as strategy to pressurise the NRL and the commission. These public demonstrations and the meeting with McManus have shown negligible effect. As such, it is believed Anderson is now acting on behalf of the RLPA to reignite the stalled talks.
The dispute between the players and the NRL encompasses several issues, such as player data access, international payments and the governance of several funds. The bone of contention has now shifted somewhat from monetary concerns to issues of authority.