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EFF: Phumelela & Trainers Say ‘No More’

Political party cannot meddle in labour dispute

Phumelela and racehorse trainers in Phumelela regions will no longer engage with any political party on grooms’ wages and other issues related to grooms following an illegal protest by grooms at the Randjesfontein training centre in Midrand on Wednesday.

It is believed that the illegal protest by grooms was organised by the EFF following some trainers retrenching grooms in order to be able to afford the minimum weekly wage. This amount was agreed to at recent meetings between trainers on one side and EFF and grooms’ representatives on the other.

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Geoff Woodruff -‘Grooms have had no choice’

Randjesfontein-based Geoff Woodruff, speaking on behalf of all trainers at the centre, said: “We have negotiated in good faith with our grooms and reached a settlement. We have told the EFF that they are a political party and have no business meddling in a labour dispute and that we will not speak with them further.

“They constantly harass grooms, trainers and assistant-trainers, and threaten violence towards anyone who tries to go about their daily work. The grooms feel very intimidated and fear for their safety, and have been given no choice but to participate in the illegal strikes.

We feel that it’s time now to bring this kind of behaviour to an end.”

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6 comments on “EFF: Phumelela & Trainers Say ‘No More’

  1. Frederick Blomkamp says:

    It is about time some people stand up against the EFF they have no right to intimidate the trainers or grooms as Geoff and the other trainers say stick to your political goals more grooms will be paid off rather than keep their jobs without work the EFF wont give them money to buy food and then there will be no more work and all the grooms will be without.

  2. Geraldine says:

    Give those men a Bells

  3. Harold says:

    Kudus to the trainers for taking a stand. Let the EFF find jobs for the grooms to that were let go.

  4. Debby Vogt says:

    Good for them !!!

  5. Richard Smit says:

    I’ve always had a lot of time and respect for Geoff Woodruff and the many other hard working and highly skilled and talented trainers like him.

    In actual fact it is directly and indirectly through them, that the horse racing industry provides tens of thousands of jobs throughout the country.

    We love our horses and the horse racing industry. Who would want to jeopardize this and the jobs of so many.

    There’s nothing wrong in negotiating a fair wage for the job one does, but to do it through intimidation, violence, disruption and fear creation, is absolutely wrong.

    If you are not getting enough for the job you do, get a new job, that pays more. If you can.
    And keep politics and hidden agenda’s, far away, for goodness sake – this is horse racing.

  6. Geoff Woodruff says:

    I’m happy to say that we have an interdict against the Eff in place now until early September. They are not interested in the rule of law and we need to show them that we live in a civilized society where acts of violence and hooliganism will not be tolerated. The whole racing industry needs to get behind us now or who knows where this thing will end up.

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