MK Eitan Cabel (Labor) turned to the Tel Aviv District Court Monday asking to be allowed to run in elections for the head of the Histadrut Labor Federation. Cabel was disqualified because he was not a member of the union in recent years. According to Cabel's petition, the decision to remove him from the Histadrut's members' list was done illegally, Israel Radio reported.
Cabel blamed current Histadrut chairman Ofer Eini for what he described as an underhanded attempt to prevent fair elections and said the organization is being run like the mafia, according to the report.
The labor MK was requesting that the court cancel the Histadrut's election bylaws, which he described as deeply flawed, and to delay the date of elections for its leadership.