CTL workers give Ministry of Finance a week to settle
Horseracing resumes at Caymanas Park tomorrow with unionised Caymanas Track Limited (CTL) workers holding the Ministry of Finance to a one-week deadline following its intervention in a strike which resulted in the loss of two racedays.
The Ministry of Finance, which has responsibility for horseracing, through government's ownership of CTL, intervened on Tuesday in a five-day stand off between unionised workers and the horseracing-promoting company.
A union delegate on Tuesday night said the workers relented on their strike action, which started last Thursday, after an agreement was reached with the Ministry of Finance that it would, within a week, settle the disputed 2015-17 labour agreement.
Workers in CTL's racing office returned to work on Wednesday and nominations were accepted for racing to resume on Saturday, an 11-race card with 113 runners.
The Ministry of Finance's undertaking has assured there will be racing at Caymanas Park for, at least, tomorrow as the one-week deadline will expire before the next race meet slated for Saturday, February 20.
The industrial dispute resulted in the loss of two race meets, a 10-race card last Saturday and the Ash Wednesday holiday meeting, for which no entries were accepted.
Workers first took action last Thursday when tellers stopped accepting bets on the North American simulcast from Gulfstream Park in Florida.