The University and College Union (UCU), one of the ETUCE member organisations in the United Kingdom, has won major concessions after a series of strikes to protect the guaranteed pension benefits of the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS). During the strikes, the UCU has been in negotiations with Universities UK (the education employers for universities) and the following are some of the points achieved :

Should consensus over a new collective agreement not be reached, trade unions in the public sector in Denmark are preparing to take strike action. It is expected that employers will respond by instituting a “lockout” of all workers. ETUCE emphasises that to threaten to lockout 90% of state employees and 50 % of municipal employees is very aggressive and represents a complete overreaction to the notice of a limited strike of only 10% of public workers.

After several national manifestations and strikes, followed by the regional protest actions in the North and North- West of the country, now teachers in primary education in the South of the Netherlands take over the baton and go on strike for better salaries and a lower workload on 13 April 2018 in Eindhoven and Sittard.

On 11 April 2018, ETUCE held a joint high-level conference entitled “A better copyright for quality higher education and research in Europe and beyond”. EI/ETUCE held the conference in partnership with the European Federation of Education Employers (EFEE) and COMMUNIA (a network of Intellectual Property lawyers and advocates). The European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) financially supported the event.

Recognition of teaching in higher education, supportive working environment for staff, and protection of academic freedom are the key elements for the future success of the European Higher Education Area, concluded members of the ETUCE Higher Education and Research Standing Committee (HERSC) at their biannual meeting on 9-10 April 2018. The meeting took place in Brussels and was attended by more than 30 delegates representing 23 European countries.

The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was approved on April 2016 and will enter into force in late-May 2018, after the transposition period into the national laws. The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) replaces the Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC and has been designed to harmonise data privacy laws across Europe, to protect and empower all EU citizens data privacy and to reshape the way organisations across the region approach data privacy. This will have an impact on students’ and teachers’ data protection as mentioned in the ETUCE EU Digital Education Action Plan 2020 statement.