MK Shelly Yacimovich.
(photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM)
The last obstacle blocking Zionist Union MK Shelly Yacimovich from running for the chairmanship of the Histadrut was removed on Wednesday when she won her case in the labor federation’s court.
The head of the court, attorney Shmuel Oslander, ruled that Yacimovich legally became head of the Histadrut’s Bayit Hevrati (Socioeconomic Home) faction and that an agreement to back incumbent chairman Avi Nissenkorn signed by its members was illegal. Oslander canceled the deal, which promised high salaried jobs for the Bayit Hevrati members, and ordered them to pay Yacimovich NIS 20,000 in court costs.
Yacimovich praised the verdict as a “total victory.”
Nissenkorn’s spokeswoman responded that he had no side in the court case and welcomed Yacimovich running.
“Now that the whining that someone was preventing her from running turned out to be political spin, I hope she will start dealing with essential matters and stop their ridiculous and malicious negative campaign that does not advance the workers at all.”
In more good news for Yacimovich, a Panels Research poll taken for the Knesset Channel, found that the public preferred her for the post. Although 46% said they did not know who should head the Histadrut, 38% said Yacimovich and 16% said Nissenkorn.
The poll found that a deal Yacimovich made, which resulted in bad publicity for her, did not bother the public significantly. Respondents to the poll, on the other hand, did not give Nissenkorn good grades. A third of respondents called him mediocre, 19% said he was doing his job well, and 16% said he was doing a bad job.
But the public is not eligible to vote in the May 23 race for the Histadrut chairmanship.
A Midgam poll of Histadrut members who are eligible, gave Nissenkorn a lead, 41% to 22% and that 70% were satisfied with Nissenkorn’s performance at the helm.
Some 95% of the heads of the unions in the Histadrut have endorsed Nissenkorn, giving him a clear advantage.