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protestBusinessLive reports that three days ahead of the 2018 Vodacom Durban July at Greyville Racecourse, protest action by horse grooms occurred at Summerveld in Shongweni and Ashburton near Pietermaritzburg.  

A group of about 600 grooms and others attached to the Summerveld centre assembled near the main gate at 2am on Wednesday, mainly demanding wage increases.  Trainers and jockeys were initially prevented from entering their stable yards, but trainers were later allowed in to feed and water their horses.  A meeting with grooms’ representatives at Summerveld was scheduled for Thursday afternoon, while Ashburton trainers met a deputation of grooms on Wednesday morning and another meeting was scheduled for later.  Trainer Paul Lafferty said:  "Grooms at Summerveld are being paid at least the minimum wage required by law, but there are a few other grievances we need to address."  The leaders of the grooms have threatened to stop trucks from carrying horses to Greyville.  A bumper crowd is expected at the track on Saturday.

  • Read this report by Charl Pretorius in full at BusinessLive
  • Read too, Strike threat to racing event off as grooms go back to work, at Timeslive

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