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Mapai Suffers Heavy Loss in Labor Union Elections; Loses 23 Seats

For the first time in the 40-year history of the union of the southern division of the Israel Electric Corporation, the Mapai representation was reduced today to the status of a tiny minority.

A record 90 percent of the utility’s 2,000 workers swamped Mapai in the voting, ousting 21 of Mapai’s 24 representatives on the Workers’ Council. Even the three Mapai representatives who survived the anti-Mapai tide belonged to the internal opposition within the Mapai faction.

Mapai was opposed by a united front of members of a defunct Actions Committee which led strikes against the utility earlier this year. The heavy anti-Mapai vote was attributed in part to the actions of the Mapai faction in persuading workers to call off a 24-hour strike last month.

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