Players were also told they would receive a plane ticket to report to training camp on May 19, adding that anyone not protected by labour laws and who choose to sit out would be punished. Retribution included being placed on the league’s suspension list and having to cover the travel costs of getting to camp when and if a new deal is reached.
“A fair partnership is an equitable voice on the growth of the game, on the health and safety measures for the game and a feeling that we’re growing and working together,” Ramsay said. “For a number of years, our membership has not been treated equitably. That has to change. It is going to change.”