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230 TAB staff given marching orders - leaders still there

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As Barry says...easy to get rid of the small people..but the ones at the top caused the shit to start with...none of them get the chop first round what a big darken waste of time.

Cutbacks across all areas at TAB (From racing news.)

 The Racing Industry Transition Agency (RITA) confirmed on Tuesday changes it was taking in response to the impact of COVID-19, including a reduction of 230 roles, including 150 permanent staff, across all areas of the TAB.

 The decision follows consultation with staff on a range of proposed changes aimed at ensuring the business was sustainable for the future and best placed to meet the needs of New Zealand racing and sport. 

 The changes, which impact 30 percent of all roles, are expected to deliver savings of more than $11 million per annum in addition to further operational cost savings throughout the business. 

 RITA Executive Chair, Dean McKenzie said the decision was very difficult but the organisation was left with no alternative with TAB monthly revenue almost 50 percent below forecast and customer numbers down more than 35 percent.

 “There are incredibly talented, experienced and committed people at the TAB who have delivered so much to our customers and the wider racing industry over many years. We will be very sorry to see them go,” McKenzie said.

 “We have had to make some tough decisions as we focus on the essential parts of our business that generate the funding required to keep the racing industry and many National Sporting Organisations running.”

 Services impacted by the changes include:

 ·      not resuming Trackside Radio programming following its suspension after the cancellation of all domestic racing in March

 ·      no longer offering the Phonebet betting service (Touchtone remains)

 ·      moving away from providing manual, on-course, betting facilities and increasing the number of Self Service Terminals from the current level of 55 percent of all race meetings and increasing customer education of TAB’s online platforms

 ·      changes to Trackside production and presentation with a reduced number of cameras and presenters continuing to operate from the studio and not be on course, with the exception of supporting marquee events 

 ·      Trackside television programmes will feature fewer presenters and with no dedicated racing shows, with the exception of a no-frills betting show, previewing the weekend’s racing

 ·      closure of four retail branches

 An independent review of the structure of the Executive Leadership team is underway with consultation on any proposed changes expected to start next week.

 “The implication of COVID-19 has extended beyond the immediate impact to the TAB, with racing and sport continuing to look unpredictable over the next year,” McKenzie said.

 “The reality is these changes will help the TAB to be a leaner, more efficient business and focused on driving our core wagering and gaming offering to our customers.” - RITA

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No surprises here, in fact I think we all anticipated that the real issues would not have been addressed. 

I really feel for the future of NZ racing, it is getting worse with each announcement. 

I can see them asking for a second bail out within 6 months, good luck with that. 

Current effort gives savings of 11mil a year. 

Can the useless bloody website just walk away there's 17mil a year, pretty bloody simple. They have a perfectly good website gathering dust. Just do it, stop the shagging around. 

I am really worried this current untouchable team will stuff racing for good, the signs are poor for a return to the good old days. Just won't happen

God we are digging a deep hole here. 

 

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14 minutes ago, Ohokaman said:

A lot of fancy titles there...you wonder what they all do.....GM Media and International.....?? WTF....

I think he is in charge of International travel arrangements for the junkets then prepares a suitable media release with enough spin that we all fall for it

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Would have a lot more faith in DM & RITA if they cut the PR saving face crap and called a spade a spade. What’s wrong with coming out and saying it exactly like it is. That the TAB finds itself in its current position due to years of mismanagement. And that Covid merely shortened the runway to where they find themselves  today. What’s wrong with saying it as it is rather than blindly using Covid as an excuse. Would have a lot more faith in the way forward if that was the case rather than trying to use Covid as a cover up.

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9 minutes ago, MiDeBo Racing said:

Would have a lot more faith in DM & RITA if they cut the PR saving face crap and called a spade a spade. What’s wrong with coming out and saying it exactly like it is. That the TAB finds itself in its current position due to years of mismanagement. And that Covid merely shortened the runway to where they find themselves  today. What’s wrong with saying it as it is rather than blindly using Covid as an excuse. Would have a lot more faith in the way forward if that was the case rather than trying to use Covid as a cover up.

Has it occurred to you that maybe, they believe it ?

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34 minutes ago, eljay said:

How do the on course patrons (if there will be any left) get paid out?      The little old lady $1 place - oh sorry they don't want their loyal customers from the last 50 or more years any more.

Comeon eljay ,I have never seen any little old ladies sitting at your table.......but if they do attend I'm sure you will take them under your arm and educate them and let them bet into your table's bets.

Word will get around the retirement village and there will be more ladies the week following  , growth in betting will result !

Pools will get better and when they see the band get set up for the aftermatch , the place will rock !

The night they set up the TAB booth close to your table ,it didn't last long....but now with few alternatives patrons of all age will just have to get used to it.

Plus set up phones, iPads and all other devices ...direct dial to the TAB site .

Cos without bets , no stakes ,no racing ....check out the fields for the first 3 x meetings ....bursting at seams.

And your beloved Cambridge OK too !

Happy dayz are here again..........

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1 hour ago, eljay said:

How do the on course patrons (if there will be any left) get paid out?      The little old lady $1 place - oh sorry they don't want their loyal customers from the last 50 or more years any more.

This is a major concern.  I am on the board at Counties and the way things are at present for our Cup day:

  • There will be no oncourse presenters (not a top 20 race meeting)
  • There will be no oncourse terminal operators.  I can guarantee that those that turn up once a year will not be aware of this.  It will be a sh1t fight.

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Sadly Shane there will be fallout, your Club will have to manage this very well. 

Clearly the over 50s plus are being isolated and if they think the shit website and phone betting is the go they are deluded - the bloody website doesn't work for goodness sake

Interesting times ahead

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2 minutes ago, TurnyTom said:

Sadly Shane there will be fallout, your Club will have to manage this very well. 

Clearly the over 50s plus are being isolated and if they think the shit website and phone betting is the go they are deluded - the bloody website doesn't work for goodness sake

Interesting times ahead

I would love to see some acknowledgement from RITA that the site is not performing as they envisioned.  

Some people seem to think ipads around the place will be a solution, however you can not have people logging in and out all day...

The self service terminals are hit and miss with what notes they accept.  

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TM - how do I tell the little old lady she has won but she gets no money because they take it but dont pay it back if you win like the pokies do?       And heaven forbid if the paper jams in the machine!        

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TM - Cambridge not "bursting at the seams" - just like a pre covid night.      Will be interesting to see (on the videos) how many free loaders on course when they not allowed to be.        

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46 minutes ago, shaneMcAlister said:

This is a major concern.  I am on the board at Counties and the way things are at present for our Cup day:

  • There will be no oncourse presenters (not a top 20 race meeting)
  • There will be no oncourse terminal operators.  I can guarantee that those that turn up once a year will not be aware of this.  It will be a sh1t fight.

Bound to be some opportunities for the club ......it's a new beginning.

Everyone on here has heaps of ideas how to attract people to races ,and show them a good time.

The Clubs should be running the raceday .

The TAB desperate to stay in business ,but will be obviously offering even less services than previous so IMO it needs the Clubs to step up & more collaboration called for. The TAB won't want to fall off the the cliff !

Invite the BGP for the day . Charge an admission fee .....and include a couple of $5 easy bets. Get the Miss Pukekohe Potato entries to give them out in their skimpy attire.

Make it an occasion. Invite Santa and a few All Blacks..........have some kids karts ,invite the harness crowd , dual cart race !

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Would like to know what, if any talks and documents are in existence as to what 'Plan" they had in place and have followed from the Director of Health Ashley Bloomfield as he and various Ministers, including that of the Health Minister and Education Minister and Prime Minister are who have signed things off Coivd19 and disruptions so are also ultimately responsible and must be held to account

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5 hours ago, nomates said:

I would like to know who is conducting the " independent review " on the top 6 . Why was it not stated who was doing it ? . 

If anybody has that information it would appreciated .

Secret in house reviews never go anywhere .

Alright having independent review but at what cost, more money going down the shute  and whos friend is doing it. They still keeping owners and trainers in the dark over next seasons stakes and where is the promoting of the industry gone or coming from, all negative to date. So while everyone in the industry is back getting horses ready for racing one can only conclude they haven't got their finger on the pulse and our industry will die a slow death.

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