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Tuesday, 23 October, 2018

Trainers and stable staff representatives meet with HRI over Labour Court ruling

Irish trainers' chief Michael Grassick: "The Labour Court's findings have very serious implications for the whole business of training racehorses"
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The Irish Racehorse Trainers Association and the Irish Stable Staff Association met with Horse Racing Ireland on Wednesday for exploratory talks on the fallout from the Labour Court's decision to dismiss an appeal by Ballydoyle Racing against compliance notices issued by the Work Relations Committee.

The compliance notices were issued by the WRC last year in relation to time-off and working hours at Ballydoyle following inspections in 2016.

The Labour Court's findings have widespread implications for training yards throughout Ireland. The Labour Court found that workers in racing stables are no longer covered by the term "agricultural workers."

Michael Grassick, chief executive of the IRTA, said on Wednesday: "Our association and the Stable Staff Association met with HRI today to discuss the situation and we are going to work together to come up with an agreement which we hope will be acceptable to the WRC.

"It's a work in progress and it is a serious and country-wide issue which impacts on all training yards, regardless of size."

Ballydoyle Racing has expressed its disappointment at the Labour Court's findings and is to appeal the Labour Court's decision in the Circuit Court.


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It's a work in progress and it is a serious and country-wide issue which impacts on all training yards, regardless of size
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