This morning, on 27 June 2017, as the first action, at least 90% of primary schools in the Netherlands started to function one hour later. Education personnel in primary education used the first working hour for meetings or administrative tasks that they normally have to perform in their non-teaching time. In the afternoon of the same day, all schools sent delegations to the Hague where a demonstration is taking place and the petition calling for decent salaries and to reduce the workload is to be handed over to the Dutch authorities.

Coinciding with the European and International LGTBI Pride Week 2017 in Spain, ETUCE Spanish member organisations, FeSP UGT and FECCOO, have launched their respective 2017 LGBTI campaigns. FeSP UGT is launching the campaign “28J FeSP UGT CON MUCHO ORGULLO – espacios libres de LGTBIfobia / With pride – spaces free from LGTBIphobia”. 

Together with EPSU, the European Federation of Public Service Unions, ETUCE calls for a strong media action to get our message across that it is time for our recovery, and that restoration of social dialogue and collective bargaining is crucial to tackle wealth and wage inequalities, and to deliver quality education for all.

Following the call for action launched by ETUCE among its member organisations to support the Education and Science Trade Union Federation of Moldova (ESTUFM) late April 2017, on behalf of the union, Dumitru Ivanov, ESTUFM President, expressed his gratitude to all ETUCE member organisations that addressed  Moldovan authorities in solidarity with the education personnel in the country.

On 16 June 2017, the ‘No to Tax Havens’ Campaign, started an online petition directed towards Members of the European Parliament, demanding that elected European officials take a clear stance against corporate tax avoidance across Europe in the upcoming report of the Enquiry Parliamentary Committee based on the Panama Papers.

On 29 May 2017, the European Commission (DG CONNECT) launched the WiFi4EU initiative. This initiative aims at providing citizens with free and fast high-quality Wi-Fi connectivity throughout the EU, supporting the instalment of free Wi-Fi hotspots in public spaces, among others, schools, libraries, universities and research centres. The EU will fund this initiative with € 120 million, aiming at setting up 6,000 to 8,000 hotspots until 2020. The first call for projects for the WiFi4EU initiative will be launched in late 2017 or early 2018.