On 10 October 2016, in response to the draft education reform which  Poland's ruling party Law and Justice (PiS) had proposed and which seemed to undermine  quality education, the teacher union Związek Nauczycielstwa Polskiego (ZNP), one of EI/ETUCE’s member organisations in Poland, organised teacher protests in 17 cities all over Poland, including in Warsaw.

On 11 October 2016, the ETUCE Committee adopted the new ETUCE position on the New Skills Agenda for Europe initiative of the European Commission, following the previous ETUCE statement which was endorsed in February. The upcoming meeting of the Education Council on 21-22 November intends to adopt a Conclusion on the New Skills Agenda. The ETUCE position stands as a contribution to this decision since the European Commission’s initiative will have direct influence on the work of teachers.

On 10 – 11 October 2016, the members of the ETUCE Committee convened for the last meeting in the present term of office of this statutory body. A new ETUCE Committee is to be elected at the ETUCE Conference in Belgrade in December 2016. Thanking the committee members for their work in this term of office, ETUCE President, Christine Blower, highly valued and recognized the work, achievements and commitment of Martin Rømer, who is retiring from his post of European Director at the end of 2016.

On 3 October 2016, thousands of women, among them many women teachers, came to the streets in Poland dressed in black in a nationwide “Black Monday” strike to protest against a new legislative proposal foreseeing to ban abortion and limit human and women rights in Poland. The penalties stipulated in the law proposal impose a five-year prison sentence on women who abort.

The theme of this years’ World Day of Decent Work on 7 October 2016 concerns decent pay. Trade Unions in Europe are calling on the European Union to take initiatives to raise pay and reduce the pay gap. This year the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) raises especially awareness on decent pay in the private industry sectors linked to supply chain responsibility, within and beyond the EU and focuses on industries where wages are far from decent. ETUCE wishes to complete the picture and draw attention to the situation in the public sector of education.

On 5 October 2016, Eurydice published a new annual report on Teachers’ and School Heads’ Salaries and Allowances in Europe for the period 2015-2016 that analyses statutory salaries and allowances for teachers and school heads in 40 European countries and regions and looks into how they have changed as compared to 2014/2015. The main conclusion of the report is that in 2015/16, teachers' statutory salaries increased in the great majority of European countries and remained at about the same level as in 2014/15 in the others.