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25 Latin American Labor Leaders Go to Israel for Histadrut Study

A group of 25 Latin American labor leaders left here last night from the International Airport here, via El Al Israel Airlines, for a six-week study mission in Israel, after completing an advanced course in labor studies in Mexico under the auspices of ORIT, the inter-American Regional Organization of Workers. In Israel the 24 men and one woman will concentrate on field studies of the agricultural and industrial cooperative movement and labor organization at Histadrut’s Institute for Labor Studies, in Tel Aviv.

Morris Paladino, assistant secretary-general of ORIT, a branch of the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions, heads the study mission composed of representatives from 12 Latin American countries–Bolivia, Ecuador, Colombia, Chile, Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Peru, Uruguay, Paraguay and Panama,

The program is part of the comprehensive service rendered by Histadrut, the Israel labor federation, to labor movements in newly developing nations, whose leaders are groping for methods suitable for the democratic advancement of their countries. Since Israel is a prime example of how a small nation with limited resources has established a viable economy within a democratic political framework, she has attracted the attention of scores of emerging nations in Asia and Africa during the past decade. Latin Americans are also finding Israel a “living model” of a small nation attaining high standards of material and cultural values, according to Mr. Paladino.