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Jockey Strike Hits South African Tracks

Monday, 17th July 2006

Meanwhile South African racing "was left reeling as many senior jockeys decided not to ride over the weekend on South African racecourses due to a wage dispute," reported SAHorseracing.com. The pay dispute follows a demand by the South African Jockey's Association for riding fees to be upped from R388 (A$75) to R650 (A$130) per race ride (an increase of 68%). The Jockeys' Remuneration Committee (which includes representatives of the racing operators & racehorse owners' bodies) "was not prepared to accede to this request, but did grant an increase to R415 (A$83) per ride back-dated to March 2006"; SAJA then "declared an impasse in negotiations & demanded a riding fee of R650 from 15 July, failing which jockeys would not ride".

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