A new pay deal from 1st January 2017 until 1st
May 2019 has been agreed between the Irish Stable Staff Association (ISSA) and
the Irish Racehorse Trainers Association (IRTA). Minimum pay rates for experienced
stable staff in Ireland will rise from €9.75 per hour to €10.75 per hour. Expenses
for a day meeting will increase from €40 to €50 and expenses for an evening
meeting will increase from €50 to €60.
Agreement on pay and conditions follows extensive
negotiations between the Irish Stable Staff Association and the Irish Racehorse
Trainers Association over the last number of months. Carol Nolan, Horse Racing
Ireland’s Director of People and Industry Education acted as a mediator throughout
Although minimum terms and conditions of employment were
established under the existing ‘Agricultural Workers Joint Labour Committee’ it
was decided by both organisations that a separate agreement should be reached recognising
the uniqueness of employment in the horse racing industry in Ireland.
The new pay and expenses terms that have been agreed are the
minimum levels. The agreement does not prevent a trainer from paying more
favourable terms and conditions at a local level which many trainers have in
place already. However, this agreement prohibits any trainer licenced by the
Turf Club in Ireland from paying less favourable terms.
Chairman of the Irish Stable Staff Association, commented: “After much
negotiation, we have reached an agreement that our members are happy to accept.
Pay and conditions needed to improve and this was understood by all parties.
Our members are often described, and rightly so, as the backbone of the industry,
but that needed to be recognised in real terms, which has now happened.”
Carol Nolan, Horse
Racing Ireland’s Director of People and Industry Education, said: “The goodwill towards stable staff is evident
throughout the industry. There is also an awareness that many trainers are
still finding it challenging at this time. This helped in bringing the parties
together to work hard to reach an agreement that balanced everyone’s needs in
an acceptable way.”
Michael Grassick, CEO
of the Irish Racehorse Trainers Association, said: “Our members represent a broad community in
racing and have to work hard to stay in business in what are still challenging
times. The stable staff provide a vital service and keep the show on the road,
so we are very pleased to have arrived at a workable solution.”
Click here for a link to the agreement