The National Association of Stable Staff, or NARS as it is commonly known is the Independent Certified Trade Union representing Stable Staff employed by Licensed Racehorse Trainers.
NARS is commited to improving pay, conditions of service and the overall employment position of stable staff.
It was previously called the National Association of Stable Staff (NASS), and prior to that the Stable Lads Association (SLA). The SLA was originally formed in July 1975 after the strike at Newmarket Racecourse over poor pay and conditions. The home of the SLA was based in Derby. In 2007 the organisation changed its name to NASS and became affiliated to the Trade’s Union Congress. In 2013 the NASS head office moved to The Racing Centre, Newmarket, racing’s headquarters and where a third of the industries staff are based. In 2017 it changed it's name to the current NARS.
NASS is the Trade Union for Stable Staff and is funded by Part 7 of the BHA Rules of Racing. NASS gives advice, guidance and representation to Stable Staff who have problems in the work place. NASS represents Stable Staff on a number of racing industry committees. NASS negotiates the minimum rates of pay and working conditions for Stable Staff with the National Trainers Federation. These minimum terms are set out in the Memorandum of Agreement and are binding on all licensed racehorse trainers.