McKay calls for peace
Ainsley Walters, Gleaner Writer
CHIEF executive officer of McKay Security Limited, Jason McKay, yesterday appealed to grooms not to disrupt "a peaceful but tense atmosphere" at Caymanas Park despite their concerns.
Errol Thomas, grooms' association president, on Saturday said his group is restive and has demanded answers as to why Caymanas Track Limited (CTL) is adamant to make major security changes at the racetrack without consultation.
Thomas was in a more militant mood than trainers' association president, Vincent Edwards, who said he would be taking his concerns to Contractor General Greg Christie.
"The trainers are also talking about it and say they intend to stand up for it. I heard they've written to the contractor general, but we're ready to strike to show how serious we are," Thomas said on Saturday.
Uninformed trainers, grooms
The trainers and grooms' associations are upset that they were kept in the dark regarding new security arrangements at Caymanas Park, in which the National Contracts Commission has approved the bid of Quest Security to replace McKay Security, the company which has secured the racetrack for the last 16 years.
However, McKay said yesterday he was appealing to the various professional groups at Caymanas Park not to upset the smooth running of the game.
"I know it's a tense atmosphere at the track. Yes, it might have been a decision to choose the lowest bidder, but I am asking the associations to be peaceful. A strike wouldn't be doing me any good, financially or otherwise," he added.
"What we have here is good people making a bad decision for a good reason. Although I disagree with them selecting a provider based on the lowest dollar figure, I understand it's a reason based on financial considerations, not a personal one against me.
"We have lodged a protest about what we feel was an infringement on how they conducted the tender and we have to wait until the various mechanisms of Government examine the protest and come to their decision, not anybody taking the matter into their hands."