The vets are striking in protest of their salaries and are demanding higher pay, better conditions and more manpower. The Health Ministry said that the strike “is illegal and causing great damage” saying that it was working to solve the issue.
“The strike is planned to continue so long as the heads in the Health Ministry prevent an organized meeting with the heads of the Association of Veterinary Doctors in Israel to discuss the low pay and the conditions of the striking vets as well as manpower which is lessening from week to week,” wrote the vets in a message to the Health Ministry.
The vets warned the Health Ministry in the summer
Chairman of the Association of Veterinary Doctors in Israel Dr. Michael Ettinger said that the Health Ministry was warned about the manpower issue a few months ago.
"In the summer, we warned that there are only 13 vets in this unit upon whom shoulders are thrown tasks that were intended for many dozens of people."Dr. Michael Ettinger
Three vets have already quit because of the conditions, he said.
“Today, I send my genuine apologies to the food importers in Israel who are stuck with food in the ports that cannot be released,” he said. “And yet, I call to you importers, don’t make do with just a WhatsApp message of support for our cause. Go out in public and testify about the state of things at the ports.”