Organizational Change and Employment Relations in the Portuguese Public Administration: the role of unions and workers
This is a proposal to study the forms of collaboration and resistence of civil servants and their unions to the organizational changes with the Reform of the Portuguese Public Administration. This involves measures with the goals of improving the productivity and efficiency of public employment. As in other European countries with excessive public deficits, the aim is to contain employment and wage costs in the civil service. Changes within employment relations and personnel management are being applied with the same goal as a basis of a strategy of ?debureaucratization?. It is necessary to research the role of workers and their unions in the Reform of Public Administration due to the paradox envolved with the goal of reducing state expenditure in the context of growing demand for public services: how to downsize and improve productivity and quality without discouraging human resources?
CIES-IUL - Centre for Research and Studies in Sociology