Jockeys resolve pay dispute with Racing Victoria
THE pay dispute between Racing Victoria and the Victorian Jockeys' Association has ended with jockeys receiving a riding fee increase of $11, from $200 to $211.
Jumps jockeys also received a rise from $435 to $450 a ride.
Those fees are set in stone for the first year of the three-year agreement, but all fees for the second and third years of the agreement will be finalised prior to the commencement of each season from an agreed allocation of funds.
The VJA also lifted the media ban it had implemented this week.
RV and the VJA have also agreed to work together with other stakeholders to review a jockeys' working week, acknowledging there is more racing.
RV chief executive Giles Thompson said it was a fair and reasonable outcome that balanced both the wishes of the jockeys and the needs of the broader industry.
"We want to attract and retain the best jockeys in Victorian racing and the riding fee agreement, along with our broad range of support services, enables us to do that," Thompson said.
"We acknowledge points raised by the VJA around the working week and the demands on all participants.
"We have agreed that it is an appropriate time to take a good look at our racing and working schedule to see whether we, as an industry, can better structure how we operate whilst meeting customer demand and maintaining vital income streams."
VJA executive officer Matt Hyland said he was satisfied that the new agreement recognised the contribution jockeys made to the success of the industry.
"It has been the collective view of the directors and our members that every rider, from the premiership winner to the country jockey, is as important as any other to the industry and that they should be treated equally, which has occurred," Hyland said.