On 5 October 2017, at the occasion of World Teachers’ Day, Primary Education teachers in the Netherlands are set out to organise a strike. The one-day action is the consequence of the governmental coalition’s failure to meet primary education teachers’ demands for a substantial rise of funding allocated to the primary education sector in the State budget plan for the year 2018.

Each 5 October, since 1994, teachers are celebrated across the world for their hard work, dedication and invaluable contribution to society. This year’s World Teachers’ Day theme - “Teaching in Freedom, Empowering Teachers” – is significant as freedom and empowerment are vital to enable teachers to carry out their profession to its fullest potential.

From 27 to 29 September 2017, more than 80 education trade union representatives from Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries convened in Riga for the ETUCE CEE Round Table. Empowering Education Trade Unions to Tackle the Social Crisis was the key theme of the conference.

ETUCE member organisation ‘Syndicat des Enseignants romands – SER’ in Western Switzerland has recently conducted a survey on the status of occupational health and safety of teachers in Romandy, Switzerland. The survey report has now been published and reveals important concerns:

On 27-29 September 2017, ETUCE, the European Region of Education International (EI) holds its biennial Central and Eastern European (CEE) Round Table in Latvia. This year the focus lies on empowering education trade unions in CEE countries to tackle the social crisis.

Today, 21 September 2017, ETUC’s Pay Rise Campaign is launching a new action highlighting the wage differentiation between Central and Eastern (CEE), and Western European Countries. This action is supported by a working paper published on the same day, and displaying data collected by the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI), titled ‘What drives wage gaps in Europe?’. The study notably shows that the economic crisis has effectively stalled upwards convergence in living conditions between Central and Eastern and Western European countries, and that the state of workers’ rights and collective bargaining in these countries is ailing.