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‘It’s not alright to function illegally’: work continues on good equestrian employment


  • Work in direction of guaranteeing good employment within the equestrian trade turns into “the norm” is constant, as a brand new four-year technique is ready out.

    Final month, the Equestrian Employers Affiliation (EEA) joined forces with the equestrian trade’s main governing our bodies to push for good employment apply throughout the trade, in its annual Good Employment Week (information, 10 November). Following this, the British Grooms Affiliation (BGA) and EEA have launched new strategic plans for 2023-2027.

    The plans set out the organisations’ “mission” to advertise, help, educate and foyer, as grooms’ and employers’ consultant our bodies, on the significance of excellent employment and profession alternatives within the trade. The main target will likely be on representing grooms within the UK, inspiring future generations and elevating the profile of grooms as a rewarding profession selection, helping and educating the equestrian workforce about compliant employment, supporting psychological well being within the office, and advocating that EEA and BGA members adhere to excessive requirements of professionalism and conduct.

    “Secure employees carry out a crucial position within the success of an equestrian yard and the welfare of the horse. We want for all grooms to solely ever work in skilled, caring, viable companies the place the legalities are adhered to, and their wellbeing is paramount,” mentioned BGA and EEA chairman Chris Hewlett.

    “Our revised technique focuses on serving to employers to realize and keep the most effective requirements. Our new imaginative and prescient units the tone of our plans for the long run. We’ll proceed to advocate, educate on and help good employment, as we positively consider that that is the one method to maintain the workforce of our trade.”

    EEA founder and BGA government director Lucy Katan added that the organisations “felt it was time to assessment their work and reset their focus”.

    “It’s merely unsuitable that we nonetheless have employers who assume that the legislation doesn’t apply to them. That is detrimental to your complete sector and is evidenced to have broken our recruitment and retention of the workforce. We at the moment are being extra strategic with the message that it’s not OK to function companies illegally; solely good employment is suitable and, collectively, we should attempt for this to turn out to be the norm, identical to it’s in some other sector,” she mentioned.

    “Grooms wouldn’t work in a manufacturing unit that paid under the nationwide minimal wage, ignored all employment rights, and believed that regardless of the equipment being considerably harmful, well being and security didn’t apply of their facility – so why ought to they work in an equestrian yard that adheres by the identical rules?”

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