After the strike of 13 July 2018, OELMEK, POED and OLTEK, ETUCE member organisations in Cyprus, continue denouncing the unilateral decisions taken by the Cypriot government with a 48-hour strike on 18-19 September 2018. Joined by the whole school community, the education trade unions reported the success of this protest action. The action followed the ultimatum the Cypriot government had given to the unions to accept the below proposals:

This year’s OECD Education at a glance report, published 11th September 2018, focuses on equity, highlighting the significant impact of students’ socio-economic and immigrant background, as well as students’ gender, on their education and employment prospects. The report covers all 35 OECD countries, as well as other partner countries including Brazil, the Russian Federation, Argentina, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, India, Indonesia, and Lithuania.

Teachers’ professional needs are important issues to be addressed in social dialogue in the education sector. Education trade unions are key actors in protecting the right of teachers to professional development, concluded the participants of the ETUCE Public Hearing ‘Supporting teachers in the European Education Area 2025: The role of education trade unions in meeting teachers’ professional needs’ in Brussels on 19 September 2018.

More than 30 delegates representing 22 European countries attended the biannual meeting of the ETUCE Higher Education and Research Standing Committee (HERSC) which took place on 10-11 September 2018 in Tallinn, Estonia. The meeting was organised with the support of the ETUCE member organisation in Estonia, UNIVERSITAS.

On 19 September from 9.00 – 13.00, ETUCE organises a Public Hearing ‘Supporting teachers in the European Education Area 2025: The role of education trade unions in meeting teachers’ professional needs’ which takes place in in the premises of the International Trade Union House, The International Auditorium (1st floor), Boulevard Roi Albert II 5, 1210, Brussels.

The Spanish ETUCE member organisation FE.CCOO  and FELGTB, the Spanish Federation of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transsexual people, have presented a guideline targeted at adolescent students, teachers and families about raising awareness of sexual and gender affective diversity. These guidelines were presented as various stories in a comic format with an emphasis on gender diverse characters in order to draw attention to the importance of creating a safe environment in schools for LGBT individuals.