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National Association of Stable Staff

The National Association of Stable Staff (NASS) is a trade union in the United Kingdom.

In 1975, many stable staff at Newmarket were members of the Transport and General Workers Union (TGWU). They went on strike for better working conditions, but the strike was broken. Disillusioned with the TGWU, many broke away to form the Stable Lads Association, with the encouragement of John Oaksey and Jimmy Hill. Tommy Delaney, a former jockey, became its first secretary.[1][2] By 2007, membership stood at 1,250. The organisation then renamed itself as the "National Association of Stable Staff", and within three years increased membership to 2,000.[3] In 2009, the union affiliated with the Trades Union Congress.[2]

External links


  1. Wray Vamplew and Joyce Kay, Encyclopedia of British Horseracing, p.36
  2. 2.0 2.1 Howard Wright, "TUC recognises stable staff representatives", Racing Post, 6 March 2009
  3. "NASS Reaches 2000 Members Target", The Racecourse Association, March 2010


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