Temporary respite in syces' dispute

It is learnt that in a meeting late on Thursday evening which was held in the presence of the Assistant Commissioner of Police, Omkaraiah, all parties concerned found a temporary solution for the next two months in order to avoid disrupting the ongoing Mysore season. “In the meeting, we offered Rs 5,850 a month to the syces. They wanted Rs 6,500 per month,” a senior member of the Karnataka Trainers’ Assoctiation said.

“Since we could not come to an agreement immediately, the syces have agreed to a hike of Rs 300 from their current salary for the next two months,” he added.

The syces were being paid Rs 4,835 per month and will now receive Rs 5,135 a month for the next two months.

“We will discuss the long-term solution once the Mysore season is over and before the start of the Bangalore Winter Season in November,” the source said. “We have decided to form a society with the help of everyone from the racing fraternity to ensure that the syces are taken care of and the Provident Fund issue is also sorted out. We do not want such situations to arise again,” he added.

Syces representative Krishnachari, who was present at the meeting, said the syces were happy with the outcome. “We agreed to the salary offer during the meeting and hope to move it forward after November,” he said. “All the syces are satisfied and happy and we will push for a salary of Rs 6500 per month plus Dearness Allowance once talks resume,” he added.

After another round of talks initially failed to make any headway in the afternoon, the Mysore Race Club had no option but to call off Friday’s races in which the KROA Mysore 1000 Guineas was scheduled to be held. The race will now be held on Wednesday, September 14, with the published acceptors and declarations for Friday holding good.

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