Israel's Labour Alignment held a solidarity march through Tel Aviv on Wednesday (15 June) to gather support for next week's Histadrut Trade Union Congress elections.
GV Marchers through Tel Aviv streets carrying banners
GV Crowds carrying red flags and Israeli flag.
SV ZOOM TO former Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and former Foreign Affairs Minister Yigal Allon
SV Former Defence Minister Peres, Allon and Rabin walking ahead of march
GV People singing as they march past (2 shots)
SV Crowd applauds Mr. Rabin as he walks to restroom
GV Former Prime Minister Golda Meir speaking in Hebrew to crowds
Gv Crowd applauds
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Background: Israel's Labour Alignment held a solidarity march through Tel Aviv on Wednesday (15 June) to gather support for next week's Histadrut Trade Union Congress elections. The march was led by former Prime Minister, Mrs. Golda Meir.
SYNOPSIS: The Histadrut is Israel's equivalent of the Trade Union Congress, and the elections are being viewed with concern by the Labour Party. A recent Poll indicted that the Labour Alignment may win only 40 per cent of the council seats in next week's elections. The Alignment currently holds 58 per cent of the seats.
Twenty thousand people attended the rally, and former Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and former Foreign Minister Yigal Allon were among them, with Labour leader Shimon Peres. They're concerned about the poll too, because it gives the right-wing Likud as estimated 33 per cent of the council seats, a nine to 10 per cent gain. The poll also estimates that the Democratic Movement for Change will win about 10 per cent. But the Alignment is counting on a last- minute swing of undecided votes and even thinks there may be backlash against the Likud, which won Israel's recent General Election.
Likud's win in the election came as a surprise to most people -- including a lot of Likud voters themselves -- for it ended 29 years of Labour rule. The most popular speaker at the rally was undoubtedly Mrs. Golda Meir, who, at 79, was a formidable figure as she addressed the 20,000 marchers.
She criticised the Likud party's choice as next Finance Minister, Sincha Erlich, for inviting United States economist Milton Freedman to advise Likud on economic affairs. Mrs. Meir said Mr. Freedman was undoubtedly a noted economist, but his ideas had been rejected by the United States and several European countries. However he had now found a supporter in Mr. Erlich, she said.