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Research & documentation

Current Research

  • Identify and analyse the current employment trends and work conditions in Public Administration and the Public Services.
  • Identification and assessment of the educational and training needs of the workforce of the Public Sector.
  • Development of the necessary documentation structures to facilitate the direct collection and diffusion of knowledge and information to all stakeholders (Trade unions, Administrative and Political organizations, Academic community).
  • Build-up of systematic and efficient partnerships with the institutions active in the fields of research and education of the workforce of the Public Sector.    

Previous research projects and studies

  1. Study on Local government. The impact of budgetary and institutional restrictions on employees and local communities. (2014). Austerity policies have created many problems for local authorities, especially in income resources, staff reductions, cuts in wages and the deterioration of the working conditions. The study aimed to present with recent data the disastrous consequences of decentralization where local authorities found themselves weakened in human and other resources and thus unable to deliver an acceptable level of basic services.
  2. The Impact of austerity policies in public services, public goods and the workforce of public administration (2013). The study of the impact of the restrictive policies in the public sector, and recorded and presented in a systematic and comprehensive way the key institutional and budgetary subversions of the last three years (2010-2013) at the expense of public services, their human resources and public goods. The aim of the study was to strengthen the positions, proposals and arguments of trade unions to overturn these policies.
  3. Research to identify “The structural and qualitative characteristics of the public health sector workforce” (2012). The study investigated the main characteristics of the administrative and nursing staff in public hospitals, focused on management issues, the work environment and satisfaction gained by the two categories of professional activity. The research was conducted in 9 large hospitals in Athens by addressing a questionnaire to a selected sample of 366 administrative staff and 350 nurses.
  4. Research to identify the Terms and the working conditions of teachers in primary and secondary public education (2011). The research project aimed in giving an up-to-date appraisal of the working conditions of the teaching staff by capturing their own views and experiences of practicing teaching in public schools of primary and secondary education. The project was carried out in two phases: the 1st phase begun in May 2009 with a qualitative pilot research. In order to identify the main issues and fields of interest addressed in the main questionnaire, we conducted interviews in a target group of 30 teachers in primary and secondary schools in Athens. The second phase begun by addressing a large scale quantitative research in 300 schools from all over the country. The final sample was 1.700 teachers.
  5. Study for the Frame Of The Collective Bargaining In The Public Sector. The recognition of the legal rights to collective bargaining of the public servants is very recent in Greece. The most recent law of 1999 set the guidelines for the arrangement of the first negotiations between ADEDY (Supreme Administration of the Greek Civil Servants Trade Unions) and the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Public Administration. However, the law is in many aspects restrictive and inoperative. In February of 2007 Koinoniko Polykentro initiated the constitution of a scientific committee with the directive to carry out the new legal frame of the collective bargaining for the public servants. The study’s main objective was to make use of the new facts set by the constitutional revision of 2001 and to substantiate with scientific evidence the new possibilities given to public servants to negotiate on salaries, promotions and issues of industrial relations.
  6. Research for the detection of the educational and the training needs of the union officials who represent employees of the Public Sector  (2006-2007). The research was addressed to all members of the executive committees of the Federations and the Prefectorial departments of ADEDY as well as to the management board of ADEDY.
  7. Research for the detection of the educational and the training needs of the union officials of the first degree trade associations of the public sector.
    — Target population: Members of the first degree trade associations of the   public sector
    — Sample: a sample of 1000 members, representatively selected from the 1124 first degree trade associations from all over Greece.
    — Method of data collection: Postal self-completion survey aiming to receive at least 700 useable responses from 1000 local union officials.
    — Data analysis: Statistical elaboration with SPSS, Qualitative analysis of open ended questions.