The Histadrut labor federation must become the country’s leading social
organization and fight against the system that worsens social gaps, candidate
for Histadrut chairman Eitan Cabel said on Wednesday.
“In our Histadrut
there won’t be contract workers; everyone will be workers with full
rights. There won’t be piggishness, only social justice,” Cabel said,
adding that the union will “fight against the cost of living, the social gaps,
the astronomical executive salaries and will, no less importantly, provide a
positive example to the public.”
Cabel attempted to draw a straight line
between his faction and the social divide facing Israelis, which he said is
“more dangerous than Hamas rockets or Iranian missiles.”
The Labor MK’s
statements came at a rally held by his “Social House” faction on Wednesday
night, a week before he goes against Histadrut chairman Ofer Eini in elections
to select the next head of the national labor federation.
The event –
held at the Tel Aviv Rowing Center – was kinder, gentler and much smaller than
the rally held by Eini’s “Ogenim” faction in late March, a show of force which
left a cavernous hall at the Tel Aviv Fairgrounds shaking as thousands of
supporters shouted “Eini, Eini.”
Cabel’s supporters include former
Histadrut head and defense minister Amir Peretz, as well as the Meretz and
Hadash parties, and Histadrut activists who broke off from the Likud
At the event on Wednesday night it was easy to see the difference
between Cabel’s supporters and those who came to back Eini in late March.
Cabel’s crowd included Meretz and Hadash MKs, and a large number of familiar
faces from the summer’s social justice protests.
Cabel called on his
supporters to resist Eini’s “rule of fear” and come to the polls on May 22 to
change the Histadrut for good, before exiting the stage to the tune of Eyal
Golan’s “He who believes is not afraid.”
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