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July 9, 2009
News : WIPA alarmed by board's strong-arm tactics
News : WI board to resume action against players
News : WICB denies mediator's claims
News : T&T board to stay away from WICB meeting
Tony Cozier : Time to change structure and attitude
Fazeer Mohammed : Nothing short of a disgrace
Tony Cozier : West Indies shouldn't go down the Zimbabwe road
News : West Indies players refuse to back down
News : Windies players hit back with demands
News : Available players to be picked for Champions Trophy - WICB
News : Board threatens to play on without top players
News : West Indies board president promises resolution
Analysis : Five years and counting
Analysis : The origins of the issue
News : West Indies name replacement squad
News : WIPA unhappy with board proposal
Series/Tournaments: Bangladesh tour of West Indies
Teams: West Indies
Negotiations to end the current impasse surrounding player contracts have failed after the West Indies Players' Association (WIPA) refused a call by the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) to end its members' boycott of the first Test against Bangladesh .
The representatives of the two parties met in Port of Spain this morning, but the meeting lasted only 23 minutes. A release issued by the WICB stated that the board "impressed upon WIPA that it was not prepared, consistent with good industrial relations practices, to negotiate under duress, and insisted that before any good faith negotiations commenced, the players' strike would first have to end." But following WIPA's refusal, the meeting broke up.
However, the release also mentioned that the board, "as an act of good faith", was willing to pay its former players the sums it had offered to pay during previous negotiations with the WIPA.
Dave Cameron, Gerard Pinard and Derek Ali represented the WICB, while Dinanath Ramnarine and Ousman Ali were the WIPA representatives.
On Tuesday, the WIPA announced the original squad would boycott the Test because, as it claimed, the players hadn't received contracts for the last four tournaments. The board scrambled to get a second-string side ready with only a day left before the Test started. An inexperienced squad of 15, with nine uncapped players, was put together and the Test went on.
But on the sidelines, the two bodies continued fighting; the WIPA accused the board of not responding to its submission of the contracts and then going on penalise players for not signing them in time. Cameron, the WICB vice-president, on the other hand, said contracts had not been signed because of the WIPA's "unreasonable behaviour".
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