Chairman Ophir Eini of the Histadrut Labor Federation told leaders of the union's factions, Tuesday morning, that he will be stepping down at the beginning of February. The Histadrut announced a noontime meeting when he will recommend that he be succeeded by Avi Nissenkorn, the head of the federation's trade-union department.
Eini said, "In February 2014 my term of office as chairman of the Histadrut will reach eight years. I feel a sense of exhaustion and desire to go out on a new path. During this period, the federation reached unprecedented heights in terms of its effect on the economy, society and its public of employees and retirees, and it is very popular among the general public." He said the union made history with "a compulsory pension for all workers, collective bargaining agreements for the benefit of contract labor, increasing the minimum wage and for me - the high point is occuring now, when hundreds of new workplaces are organizing in the framework of the Histadrut."