Cricket Australia treating women as cash cows
Cricket Australia is treating the country's best female cricketers as cash cowsby exploiting their talent and potential while imposing punitive measures it would not dare foist on the men, says Carol Fox, President of Women Sport Australia [formerly known as the Australian Womensport and Recreation Association].
WSA condemns Cricket Australia’s decision to pay the women players a much-lower wage than the men while offering no revenue-sharing deal and making the women declare they are not pregnant before entering into a contract.
"What century is this?" Fox said. "Does Cricket Australia want women to resign when they marry as well?"
REVENUE SHARING DEAL
Media reports that contracted female international players will not be offered a revenue-share deal that male players have enjoyed for 20 years is unfair and inequitable, Fox said
“Women’s leagues are the biggest and best growth opportunity for any sport wanting to dominate the Australian sporting landscape and claim the title as Australia's No.1 sport," Fox said.
"Cricket Australia, the AFL, Netball Australia, the ARU and the FFA are all fighting each other to secure the best female talent to grow their game's reach, their gate receipts, their fan base and their sponsorship base.
"But they are treating women like cash cows. They just want to exploit the women and not pay them what they deserve nor provide workplace conditions that their male counterparts take for granted."
A number of domestic female cricketers are competing in more than one sport, and at least one, Emma Kearney, has condemned being asked to put cricket first when not paid a proper full-time living wage.
At the same time, cricket’s most famous dual-code athlete, and one of the best-paid female cricketers, Ellyse Perry, acknowledged a living wage and more professionalism in cricket has been behind her sole focus on the sport, and her consequent hot run of form.
"If Cricket Australia was smart it would up the ante on its sporting competitors by putting the best deal on the table for the women, rather than seeing what little they can get away with," Fox said.
WSA also condemns Cricket Australia's requirement for female players to declare they are not pregnant when entering into a contract.
“Cricket Australia says it is ultimately up to a player to decide whether or not they wish to play while pregnant, after considering the safety implications, so to make them declare they are not pregnant as a condition of contract is ludicrous,” Fox said.
“As they are only offering women one-year contracts, not multi-year contracts as the men get, it looks like they are trying to avoid having to honour maternity leave provisions for female players.”
WSA applauds the leadership shown by Australia's leading male cricketers Steve Smith and David Warner who are supporting their female counterparts and the Australian Cricketers Association’s push for a gender-neutral MOU.