Shelly Yacimovich .
(photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM)
Zionist Union MK Shelly Yacimovich on Wednesday unveiled her slogan for the May 23 Histadrut labor federation leadership race: “Shelly: A leader who will fight for you.”
Yacimovich posted a message on her Facebook page calling on volunteers to help her get a chance to fight for workers so they will not be abandoned and be able to earn a decent living. In the post, she attacked incumbent Histadrut chairman Avi Nissenkorn.
“I look in the eyes of masses of workers and unions who meet with me, and I promise them that they will no longer be neglected, treated disrespectfully and arrogantly or handled with corruption and a lack of transparency,” Yacimovich said.
“These eyes look to me with hope. I also tell them things that are not so comfortable for them to hear: that there are many things that can be changed right away, the day after the election, and there are things that will take time. But, we will embark together on a true, deep path to fix what is broken.”
Yacimovich said workers have complained to her about receiving threats about what would happen to them if they openly supported her indicating that they were told they had to be loyal to the “boss,” referring to Nissenkorn.
“This makes me boil,” she said.
“What is this, Game of Thrones? Why should they be loyal to him – and he not to them?” Nissenkorn’s campaign, meanwhile, reacted to an initiative by Yacimovich to remove polling stations from work places, accusing Yacimovich of cowardice and saying the ballot boxes are at the work places because it makes it easier for them to vote.
“People who work and do not sit in cafes all day work on election day, fulfill their democratic right and go back to work,” the campaign said.
“The arrogant Yacimovich is busy all day giving interviews in which she besmirches the workers and the Histadrut. Yacimovich must think that all Histadrut members are her friends from the media who can go to vote on their bicycles.”