Histadrut chair Ofer Eini at Labor Court_311.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
MK Eitan Cabel (Labor) will ask the Tel Aviv District Court on Monday afternoon
to enable him to challenge Histadrut Labor Federation chief Ofer Eini for the
chairmanship of the powerful union.
An internal Histadrut court ruled
last month that Cabel could not run because he had not paid his NIS 180 monthly
membership dues for the past year before the race was initiated.
an active Histadrut member, said he did not pay by accident and has since paid
the missing dues. Judge Gideon Gadot is expected to issue a ruling by the end of
“I am optimistic the court will let me run,” Cabel
MK Amir Peretz (Labor), who is also a candidate, has said that if
Cabel is permitted to run, he would drop out of the race and support his Knesset
colleague in an effort to defeat Eini.
If the court does not permit Cabel
to run, it would set the stage for a showdown between Peretz and Eini, who was
Peretz’s handpicked successor at the Histadrut and later became his political
Meanwhile, the Histadrut elections committee will meet this week
with Peretz and Cabel to hear their defense against the committee’s charges that
they forged signatures of hundreds of Histadrut members on forms enabling them
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