20 Feb 2024

Mahe Drysdale responds to High Performance Sport NZ appeal

From Checkpoint, 5:43 pm on 20 February 2024

A legal rematch is pending between High Performance Sport New Zealand and some of its top athletes.

The agency is appealing an Employment Relations Authority decision requiring it to collectively bargain with the group of about 60 elite cyclists and rowers, known as the Athletes Co-operative.

The Co-perative, co-chaired by Olympic great Mahe Drysdale, took its case to the Authority after High Performance Sport rejected attempts to hash out a collective agreement.

It says it doesn't employ athletes.

High Performance Sport is appealing after seeking a second legal opinion and because of concerns the initial ruling has wider implications.

Mahe Drysdale from the Athletes Co-operative speaks to Lisa Owen.