Asks Provision for Observing Jews in Forty-hour Week

A request that provision be made for Jewish workers, who refrain from work on the Sabbath, in the forty-hour week now under consideration by the tri-partite technical conference convened by the International Labor Office, has been submitted by the Joint Foreign Committee to the British Minister of Labor.

The Minister has informed the Joint Foreign Committee that the British representative at the conference will, in formulating his stand, bear in mind the views of the Jews.

The Technical conference is considering a forty-hour week to be distributed equally over six days.

The Joint Foreign Committee asked that a clause be inserted in the agreement drawn up permitting Jewish workers to refrain from work on the Sabbath, and adding to their days of work an additional number of hours instead.

The International Labor Office met in Geneva on January 10th. At its meeting it received a petition from the Poale Agudath Israel, the labor section of the Agudath Israel, asking that in preparing for the forty-hour week, arrangements be made for Jews to work from Monday to Friday, so that the Sabbath would not be infringed upon.

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