Trade unionists in Israel turned out to vote yesterday (Tuesday, II September) in the elections for their General Federation of Labour, the Histadrut.
Trade unionists in Israel turned out to vote yesterday (Tuesday, II September) in the elections for their General Federation of Labour, the Histadrut. Many prominent israelis were among the voters, including President Ephraim Katzir and Prime Minister Golda Meir.
More than one million people were eligible to vote. 82,500 of whom live in Jerusalem. Among those eligible in Jerusalem were 6,300 Arabs. They had been eligible to vote in the 1969 election, but the Arab candidates how were nominated withdrew because of threats.
Israel's thirteen political parties (lists) had all nominated candidates for a new National Convention, 66 local labour councils, 12 regional councils, and also the conventions of the Working Women's Organisation and the Agricultural Workers Union. There were 1,501 candidates and 3,070 stations throughout the country.
The Histadrat elections are generally considered to be an important indicator of what may happen in the national government elections. The next general election takes place in November, and the parties were particularly anxious to make a good showing in the Histadrut campaign.
When polling closed, provisional figures showed that the ruling Labour Alignment Party had retained its absolute majority in the Histadrut. Polling was generally lower than expected, and observes though the results showed very little change in the relative strengths of the political parties.