Tel Aviv's bar owners and caterers have come out fighting against a demand by the city's religious council that as a condition for being granted kashrut certificates they sign contracts raising the salaries of kashrut supervisors, reports Yediot Tel Aviv. Several bar owners questioned the legality of the contracts and said they would raise their costs significantly. According to the report, Tel Aviv's kashrut supervisors are demanding that bar owners and caterers sign a contract agreeing to pay each supervisor NIS 100 per event plus NIS 50 for travel inside Tel Aviv, or NIS 130 per event plus NIS 100 for travel outside the city, as well as paying for other "social conditions." One bar owner said that until now, he had simply paid NIS 37 per hour for kashrut supervision. "This is completely absurd," the owner said. "It works out that we have to pay each supervisor a much greater salary, with various additions, and all at our expense. They are holding us [by the throat]." A religious council spokesman responded that the demands were "most reasonable for the required task" and that any complaints by Tel Aviv's bar owners would be given the "appropriate consideration."