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Jockey Strike Hits South African Tracks
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".