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My Histadrut experience – by Byron Danby

Byron is National Campaign Organizer for the Australian Workers’ Union My favorite Hebrew word is “balagan”; which translates as “chaos”. In English, it is a decidedly negative word, synonymous with disharmony and strife. However, “balagan” in Israel and Hebrew describes…

Two British unions taken to court over anti-Israel actions

In recent weeks, two British unions have become the targets of legal action brought by Israeli and British Jewish academics alleging discriminatory practices. In both cases, the unions have justified their actions based on what they see as solidarity with…

COSATU’s Masuku: Discussion of miners’ massacre “diverts attention” from Israeli policies

On the very day that South African police opened fire and killed dozens of striking mine workers, the country’s national trade union centre, COSATU, issued two statements (here and here) condemning … Israel. Irish trade unionist Tom Carew wrote to…

Union leaders from Georgia visit Israel, meet Peres, Eini

The President of the Georgian Trade Union Confederation (GTUC), Irakli Petriashvili [pictured], visited Israel last month together with two other colleagues.  They attended the congress of the Histadrut, met with its leader Ofer Eini, and also met the President of…

International Federation of Journalists condemns Hamas meddling in Gaza journalists affairs

The contrast could not be clearer: in Israel, independent trade unions that sometimes cooperate with, sometimes confront the government. In areas controlled by the pro-Iranian Hamas, unions under the thumb of an authoritarian regime. This week the International Federation of…

Histadrut stands up for Israel’s poor on minimum wage and VAT

It’s often said (by the anti-union mainstream media) that trade unions look after their own members, but don’t give a damn about the public. But the reality is that unions are often the only organized force in a country that…

UK: TUC moves up to a new level of support for BDS

The global campaign of boycotts, divestments and sanctions (BDS) targetting Israel is a threat to the Jewish state, but that campaign can be broken down into five types using the British government’s “threat levels” as a guide. Those levels are…

Railway workers break from Histadrut, join rival federation

In an extraordinary series of developments in the last few days, a significant union has for the first time in recent memory withdrawn from the Histadrut labour federation and joined a smaller group. The railway workers union, which has been…

TULIP and TUFI challenge the pro-Hamas line in British unions

On Tuesday this week, a fringe meeting called by Trade Union Friends of Israel (TUFI) and TULIP was held in Brighton at the hotel next door to the conference centre where Unite the union was holding its annual event.  Why…