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The Labour Institute of the Greek General Confederation of Labour (INE/GSEE)

Address :
24, Ioulianou Str.
104 34   Athens


Contact person :
Giorgos Argitis, Scientific Director
Phone: ++30-210-8202240, 8202247, 8202257
Fax: ++30-210-8202202

Short description


The Labour Institute (henceforth INE-GSEE) has been created in 1990 and spread out all over the country, but its main location is in Athens. Its primarily purpose is to conduct research on economic, social and political issues as well as on industrial relations; to monitor economic and social policy developments; and to plan and materialize training programmes. In this way, the INE-GSEE plays an essential role in strengthening the competences, knowledge and the policy intervention of the Greek trade union movement. The INE-GSEE develops various activities: a) Research on the Greek Economy and Social Policy that is of the interest of the Greek General Confederation of Labour and of the trade unions that are members of the confederation at the regional, sectoral and industry level; b) The planning and realization of training and learning programmes for workers, unemployed people and vulnerable groups of the population; c) The planning and the realization of seminars and training activities for trade unionists at the national and European level.

More specifically, the Research Division of the INE-GSEE consists of three major research units, the economic policy, employment and development unit, the industrial relations unit and the social policy unit. The INE-GSEE monitors Greece’s economic performance and development for the reason that they are the major determinants of the living standards of workers and pensioners. Furthermore, the economic, social and fiscal crisis that started in 2010 had a considerable long-term effect on national industrial relations and induced a significant regression in terms of wages, working conditions and jobs security. Particular research attention is paid to the macroeconomic behavior of the Greek economy; the developments in non-standard employment and its implications for labour law and for social security coverage and trade union organizing; the sustainability of the pension system; the challenges of the economic crisis to social policy in Greece; the developments of a Greek social and employment policy in the context of the Europe 2020 strategy; to poverty and income inequality; and the way that welfare and labour market institutions impact on economic growth. The INE-GSEE monitors and analyses these changes and make publications on fiscal economic and employment issues that are geared to proposals for action but also of a more academic type.

Areas of expertise and competencies

Economic crisis and economic governance

Sovereign debt crisis and its implications

A new sustainable growth model for Greece

Wage developments and income distribution

Labour market developments (e.g. employment, unemployment, immigration)

Challenges of the economic crisis for social policy

Industrial relations and precarious employment

Income inequality and poverty

Health and social protection

The Greek pension system

Work programme, strategic plan, projects

Publications, language, newsletter

INE-GSEE publishes in Greek studies, reports and policy notes on all of the above mentioned issues; the Monthly review “Information”; the Annual Report on the Greek Economy and Employment; and the Annual Report on Industrial Relations in Europe and Greece.

Other networks the institute is participating in

INE/GSEE is the national correspondent for the observatories network (EIRO, ERM, EWCO) of the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Dublin).

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