Occupational health and safety is vitally important for the education sector, and a key focus of ETUCE’s work. The rise of new technologies is transforming the face of health and safety in education. In this rapidly evolving context, health and safety experts must keep adapting to these changes in order to best protect education workers. With this in mind, ETUCE and the Finnish Member Organisation OAJ are hosting a Joint Seminar on occupational health and safety in the education sector at the beginning of 2020.

On 14-15 November 2019, ETUCE gathered around 100 participants in Warsaw for the closing conference of EU CONVINCE, a joint project with the European Federation of Education Employers (EFEE) and the European School Heads Association (ESHA). We explored ways to turn the vision developed during the project into a reality and shared good practices that implement democratic citizenship and inclusive education in different national contexts.

33 teachers have developed their knowledge and skills on the topic of social dialogue at school, national and European levels. Vital for their professional license, this training will empower teachers both in their union activities and in their daily interactions with students and parents.

Teachers and higher education personnel in Turkey are facing ever greater challenges, and the situation is harming students’ access to free, fair, quality education. ETUCE member organisation Eğitim Sen is calling an open-air meeting in Ankara on 23 November to proclaim its demands for an education system fit for the future.

ETUCE member organisation SONK has been demanding a decent pay rise for teachers and other education personnel, whose salaries were below the national average. After a warning strike in September 2019 and tough negotiations, the North Macedonian government has agreed to SONK’s demands.

The members of the ETUCE Committee convened on 5-6 November 2019, situated between the EI World Congress and the run-up to the 2020 ETUCE Conference. Welcoming the new Committee members Anna Maria Gunnarsdóttir, KI, Iceland and Aigul Mukasheva, KTUESW, Kazakhstan, ETUCE President, Christine Blower, congratulated PSZ, Hungary, representative Zsuzsanna Szabo and NASUWT, United Kingdom, representative Jennifer Moses for their unions’ strong and continued commitment for quality education on the occasion of both unions’ 100th anniversary.