Combating Labour Market Discrimination

Main objectives

  1. Develop and implement a methodological tool and to carry out a nationwide field research.
  2. Descriptive comparative analysis of the data and estimation of econometric models and techniques.
  3. Advertise certain basic conclusions and to record the views of employers, workers unions’ spokespersons, stakeholders, etc. and to open certain directions of combating discrimination in the job market.
  4. Rreport the various forms of discrimination that target-groups face and the obstacles they create in integration in the labour market (taking also into account recent developments, such as voting of the European legislations for combating discrimination in the job market)
  5. Transcribe the knowledge and/or views concerning the role and social responsibility of employers, professional bodies and key-individuals in human resources management (e.g. Managers, Staff directors etc), as significant factors in promoting the employability of the Project’s target-groups who face or are in risk of becoming victims of discriminative treatment in the job market.
  6. Two 2-day training seminars will be designed and implemented for this action, which will aim to better inform, to train and raise awareness of a selected number of job counselors in counseling and support of social groups who face discrimination.
  7. Pooling of all the bodies and stakeholders working with recording and combating discrimination through the reinforcement of the role of the Observatory on Combating Discrimination. Basic aim is for the Observatory to constitute a benchmark and a “tool” for every body involved and any stakeholder.


National Center for Social Research – EKKE
Manpower Employment Organization (OAED)
National Confederation of Disabled People (NCDP)

Time frame & Funding

20/12/2011 – 20/12/2012
European Commission – Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion

Working Packages

Working Package 1: Survey to employees; more specifically conduction of a field research on a sample of 2,000 members from groups that face discrimination in the labour market, as well as a field research on a “control group” of 300 people, with features comparable to those that face discrimination: e.g. age, gender, education, occupation, company size, etc.
Working Package 2: Qualitative study (focus groups) with employers, workers’ unions spokespersons, stakeholders, people –representatives from the target population etc.
Working Package 3: Training –sensitization of a selected number of occupational counselors in counseling and support of social groups who face discrimination. Organization of 2-day seminars in Athens and Thessaloniki.
Working Package 4: Pooling, through the Observatory, of all the bodies and stakeholders who are occupied with recording and combating discrimination. Utilization of the outcomes, evaluation and good practices of the Community Programe EQUAL.
Working Package 5: Actions on publicity- Awareness-raising of the importance and of the concept of non discrimination/equality mainstreaming, briefing of Employers, Workers and Professional Institutions on issues of Discrimination in the labour market.
Working Package 6: Education of executives of SEPE on issues of discrimination and legitimate adaptations for workers with infirmity.
Working Package 7: Project Evaluation


Combating Discrimination in the Greek Labor Market

Editors: D. Balourdos, M. Chrysakis, N. Sarris, A. Tramountanis, K. Tsantila

6The current volume aims to present some basic dimensions of discriminations both at the national and the European level focusing on the discriminations in the labour market. In order to do that, some special tables, models and figures are used. This book consists of 9 chapters, which form three specific sections. The first section includes the field research elaborated by the National Centre for Social Research and is divided into 4 chapters. The second one consists of the next two chapters, which explain the institutional framework concerning combating discrimination in Greece and in other European countries, listing judicial decisions and legislative rules interpretations. It mainly focuses on the application of law in the Greek labour market, that is, if the existing institutional framework provides adequate protection measures against all kinds of discrimination and how it can be improved. The third section is divided into the last three chapters, which refer to special issues on discrimination, like econometric specification of demographic effects of vulnerable social groups in employment, results reports on focus groups in Athens and Thessaloniki in the framework of the project and presentation of policies and best practices in the field of discriminations and for equal access in the labour market.

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