Israel displays several features that enable it to be labelled corporatist. The major union confederation is encompassing in its scope of membership, it is both strong and centralised with an associational monopoly and it has always had intimate links with the party of the left. However, the mix of socialist and Zionist ideas, which underpinned trade union development, has led to a unique brand of worker representation, which has in turn affected the way in which Jewish women workers in Israel have formulated their claims and solidarities.