Reorganization of Histadruth in Palestine to Be Decided at Conference

Members of the Histadruth, Palestine Labor Federation, went to the polls today as election of 401 delegates to the Fifth Histadruth Conference began.

The chief issue of the campaign is reorganization of the Histadruth along the lines of the British Trade Union Federation. Such a change is supported by the parties opposing the Mapai, the Palestine Labor Party, which now holds a majority. The Mapai, however, is opposed to any change in the present status of the Histadruth, as a general trade union federation, not divided up into different trade locals. The entire Yishub is watching the Labor contest with great interest.

At the polling places the voters were asked to choose from six lists of nominees, representing the different groups to which Histadruth members belong. The groups represented in the voting are: the Mapai, the Left Poale Zion, the Hashomer Hazair, the Poale Zion, the Haoved Hazioni and the Proletarian group. It is expected that 100,000 workers will cast their votes in this election in comparison to the 27,000 who voted in the 1932 elections.

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