6 Apr 2013

Australian netballers consider industrial action

10:22 am on 6 April 2013

Australia's world champion netballers are up for a fight and ready to take industrial action in a pay dispute with Netball Australia if talks fail.

The Diamonds have taken the dispute to Fair Work Australia through the Australian Workers Union, with players asking for an increase from $AU200 to $AU400 per day of national team duty.

On average, players spend 50 contact days with the Australian team a year, earning them an income of around $AU10,000, the union says.

The increase would see that doubled to $AU20,000.

Netball Australia says it has offered players a 20 per cent pay increase, but the union says players won't accept that offer.

Australian Netball Players Association director John-Paul Blandthorn says the Diamonds are prepared to use industrial action if need be.

Actions considered include players refusing to play in the national team, refusing to allow their image to be used in advertising by Netball Australia and refusing to answer any emails from Netball Australia's domain name.

The team would have to vote on the ballot for industrial action to occur but Blandthorn is confident the players are 100 per cent committed.

If the Diamonds decide to strike, the move could effect other national teams including New Zealand, with Australia set to travel there later this year.