Court Intervenes in Histadrut Succession

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Histadrut Trade Union Division chairman Avi Nissankoren, outgoing chairman Ofer Eini’s choice to succeed him. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Histadrut Trade Union Division chairman Avi Nissankoren, outgoing chairman Ofer Eini’s choice to succeed him. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

The Tel Aviv District Court has moved to impose democracy on the Histadrut labor federation, as it ruled that outgoing chairman Ofer Eini’s choice of a successor will be subject to union-wide discussion, Globes reported.

The court ordered the Histadrut to cancel a meeting of its representative council, scheduled for Tuesday, to approve Eini’s choice of Avi Nissenkorn as his successor.

Instead, Israel’s biggest labor organization will begin discussions on November 20 on an alternate system for choosing a new chairman when the incumbent steps down in mid-term, as Eini announced he was doing last week.

The Histadrut charter says that in such a case, the resigning leader can recommend a replacement to the representative council for its approval without holding a membership-wide election. Now, it may not be so easy.

The court’s ruling came in response to a petition by MK Eitan Cabel (Labor), who ran against Eini in the last Histadrut election, asking that the succession process be revamped.

“I welcome the court’s decision and we have a simple request: That the workers themselves determine who will be the next Histadrut chairman,” Cabel said. “It’s the workers who rule and must decide who will lead them.”

The Histadrut said it would accept the court order without appeal.