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Melb Cup Boycott Threat By 100 NZ Pub Tabs
More than 100 New Zealand publicans are threatening to close their TAB outlets on Melbourne Cup day (Tuesday November 3) in protest against reduced commissions, reported NZ Press Association. The TAB cut bar owners' commission from about 2.5% to between 0.5-1% in early August for 112 of the 397 hotels & clubs with betting facilities. NZ Hospitality Association chief executive Bruce Robertson said the cuts would cost 1 owner "NZ$50,000 a year".