Yesterday I had a meeting in the management floor of the Vaad HaPoel, the Israeli Workers Union. The meeting was agitated as people interrupted and left the table, phones and messages, some big drama was playing outside of which I was unaware. Then I understood that the union leadership of the Railway Company (pic.) had been sacked en masse. I assumed that the Ministry did it (it is a Government owned company) as there is a conflict regarding Bombardier wagons, that need less personnel. The Union had vetoed the purchase and the Railways has to pay large penalties to the French.
But no. It was the Histadrut (the national union) that had intervened the Railway Union and sacked the delegates and designed a more pliable leadership. The 2000 railway workers decided to retire from the Histadrut and joined a competing, more combative Union. The new Union - "Power to the Workers" - is "democratic" - which is almost synonym of communist. This is a battle of historic consequences.
I hope my project will be not affected by the war between the unions.