DIEESE - Departamento Intersindical de Estatística e Estudos Socioeconômicos
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DIEESE, Inter-Union Department of Statistics and Socio-Economic Studies

60 years producing knowledge and providing technical support for workers' achievements

DIEESE - Inter-Union Department of Statistics and Socio-Economic Studies was born from struggles led by Brazilian trade unions. It was founded in 1955 to develop research to be used as support for workers' demands, to be a starting point on their labor issues. Most national workers confederations and federations as well as main trade unions are affiliated to DIEESE, being at the top of it and contributing to its support, taking profit of its services and scientific production. Currently there are more than 700 entities affiliated to DIEESE. Throughout its almost 60 years of history, DIEESE has earned a national and international credibility and a long standing tradition. Nowadays it is recognized as an institution which produces serious scientific work. DIEESE is active in the following areas:

DIEESE is a body consisting of a multidisciplinary team of economists, sociologists, statisticians, geographers and other professionals providing exclusive products and distinguished services to trade unions. The structural issues studied and researched are:

Taking into consideration the needs and interests of workers and the society as a whole, the DIEESE has established many partnerships with governments, international and multilateral organizations, among others bodies. The institution has diversified and deepened with these associations its approach with several new issues and ideas.

What we do

Advisory on Collective Bargaining

DIEESE provides assistance to entities in any kind of processes related with collective bargaining. The main offered services are:

Annually, DIEESE's analysts have an active participation in approximately 1.000 rounds of negotiation, providing assistance to the unions.


Since its inception, DIEESE conducts research studies and permanent indicators aiming to provide information on income, cost of living and the labor market and to contribute with workers to improve knowledge and understanding the structure of reality.

Permanent indexes

Special indexes, requested by trade unions or other partners - several issues

Youth, black people, gender, wages, economics sectors performance, work time, labor productivity, outsourcing, working conditions, professional categories profiles, health, solidarity economy, public policies etc. This kind of research can be primary, involving collection of original primary data, or secondary, involving information from other sources and researchers.

Public Policies

DIEESE articulates and subsidizes union actions in fields of public policies, especially in those related to labor and social security, public health and worker's health, education and professional qualification. The entity:

DIEESE has implemented the Labor Observatories, in partnership with municipal, state and federal governments. They analyze the local labor market, linking it to territorial developments to support employment, income, health, qualification or other public policies.


DIEESE has been providing training to trade unionists since the 1970s. The entity has developed its own teaching method and currently offers more than 400 hours of courses. The experience acquired through the years has allowed DIEESE making a great step forward: the entity has created a college and, at the same time, has developed an academic field named Labor Science. The purpose is to use the experience of workers as the starting point to improve their skills. The College is giving classes since 2012, offering a bachelor/graduate degree in Labor Science, a post-graduation in Economy and labor, and has also provided an extension course. The College is also managing all the courses offered to trade unionists on such issues as collective bargaining, sector restructuring, health, work, trade union action and others.

DIEESE is present in the whole Brazilian national territory