Ritual Slaughterers in Jerusalem Declare Strike; Demand Higher Pay

Twenty-six ritual slaughterers in Jerusalem went on strike today, demanding higher pay. More than 70 workers employed by the city’s Religious Council announced they support the demands of the strikers. The Religious Council is an official body providing for the population’s religious needs, financed mainly by the Government.

A spokesman for the strikers said the slaughterers will not, during the strike, discontinue some services, like supervision of kashrut in hotels, that might cause observant Jews “to err.” During the walk-out, however, Jerusalem will be without its chief supply of meats. Slaughterers employed by Agudath Israel are not on strike, but their work involves only the supply of meat to their own small community.

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