Example frontpage image The Ruben Rolo Institute (IRR) was established in 1998. Since then it has developed research and training activities in the area of labour relations. Trade-unionists from all over the world and specialized researchers in the areas of economy, sociology and labor law cooperate in the initiatives of the Institute. The main partner of the Institute in the national and international symposiums that it organizes since its foundation is the representation of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation in Portugal. The Ruben Rolo Institute aim is to contribute with its research and its public debates to the social and political debate in the Portuguese trade unions, involving unionists, politicians and academics from different national and political backgrounds. A central issue in this work is the relation between globalization and labour relations in Europe and Portugal.

The principles that guide the work of the Ruben Rolo Institute are:

The Institute organizes seminars regularly; it publishes texts for reflection (IRR Issues) and it is involved in the organization of international conferences and workshops every year.

President: Carlos Trindade. Carlos Trindade is General-Secretary of the Socialist Trade-Union Current of the General Confederation of Portuguese Workers (CGTP-IN) and coordinator of the Trade-Union for Diverse Service Activities (STAD/CGTP-IN). He is member of the Executive Committee of CGTP-IN.