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Workmen Crowd Tel Aviv for Union of Labor Parties

Thousands of laborers from all parts of Palestine are thronging this city for the convention today that marks the final amalgamation of the two labor parties, Achduth Havodah and Hapoel Hazair. Before the opening of the convention, a valedictory conference of each party was held last night.

On behalf of the Zionist Executive Dr. Arthur Ruppin welcomed the united party. In addressing the last Hapoel Hazair conference, Sprinzak said that Hebron and Huldah sealed the labor union, obliterating the differences and the union marks a beginning and not an end. Eighty-five percent of the members of the Hapoel Hazair voted in favor of amalgamation, ten percent against and five percent abstained from voting.

Addressing the Achduth Havodah conference, Ben-Gurion paid tribute to the Hapoel Hazair and said, “we are uniting with the party which loyally guarded the interests of labor during a quarter of a century, fighting the Jewish labor battle, struggled to establish Jewish labor culture, founded the first labor organ, created the first kvutzah (meaning Degania) although it had not used the class struggle terminology.”

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