The RLPA certainly isn’t leaving any stone unturned in its quest to squeeze every benefit out of the current Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) negotiations.
Within its 66-page response to the NRL’s position is a call for mandatory 45-minute massages each week for every contracted player and a dedicated crèche area for the children and partners at all venues.
On the big-ticket item – money – the RLPA is pushing for a 29 per cent share of the game’s total revenue.
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The NRL’s offer only translates to around 26 per cent and operates off a base salary cap of $8.7 million.
The RLPA want the cap to rise gradually from 2018 ($9.1 million) to 2022 ($9.9 million).
To say the NRL was unimpressed with the RLPA’s demands would be an understatement.
However, it was less impressed with RLPA representatives giving a briefing to select club chairman recently – a perceived breach of the negotiation’s privacy constraints.
The RLPA copped another blow when Jesse Bromwich was outed for cocaine use.
They’ve been using him alongside Kangaroos skipper Cameron Smith as a poster boy for the union’s campaign.