Strike action could stall Epsom Derby

A pay dispute could wreck next month’s Derby, with workers who lead the
horses into the starting stalls being balloted on industrial action. A ‘yes’
vote could lead to a walkout, coinciding with the classic race run at Epsom on
5 June. The stall handlers – employed by technical support company Racetech –
work at all the UK’s major racetracks and claim changes to their terms have
left some of them as much as £7,500 a year out of pocket. The result of the
ballot is expected on Thursday. The Transport & General Workers’ Union,
which represents the handlers, said there was "an overwhelming majority
for action".

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