Article - The National Labour Federation
The NLF believes in the right of the workers to organize and set up trade unions. Another of its basic principles is support for the compulsory arbitration of labor disputes. It believes in separation of the functions of employer and trade union, and is, for that reason, opposed to the Histadrut, which is at one and the same time the country's largest trade union and a large-scale employer of labor. The NLF is in favor of nationalizing the country's basic social services. As an organization firmly based on Zionism, its banner is the blue and white national flag and its hymn, the Ha-Tikvah, while the anniversary of the death of Herzl is observed as a national holiday. The NLF holds its national conference every four years, when it elects its officers and committees. It engages in a wide range of enterprises for its members which include insurance and pension funds; unemployment funds; settlement activities; a housing company; convalescent and vacation centers; savings and loan funds; mutual help funds, and its own Health Fund, which is also celebrated its 50th anniversary in 1984. The NLF's Health Fund has some 300,000 members who are served by over one hundred branches all over the country. The fund is open to any citizen of Israel, irrespective of nationality, political views, party affiliation, or class. The health insurance covers the member's whole family and provides a complete range of services including out-patient treatment at clinics and hospitals, hospitalization, laboratory and X-ray services, dental care, etc.
The NLF has built up an information service which produces informative bulletins in several languages, contributes articles to the national press, and publishes the movement's own monthly. There is also an active cultural department which arranges lectures for its members on subjects of general interest; screens documentary films; arranges trips around the country; and holds special courses, and so on.
The NLF has a youth section which is organized by the "National Working and Learning Youth Movement" which operates youth clubs in towns and villages, with the emphasis on development towns and areas where there are communities of new immigrants. The youth movement also produces its own monthly magazine.
The drawing on the stamp shows a laborer holding the staff of an Israel flag in one hand and an implement of labor in the other. The tab is inscribed, in Hebrew and English, "50th Anniversary of the National Labour Federation in Eretz Israel."