On 16-18 May 2019 ČMOS PŠ held its 8th Congress in Prague. The Congress is organised once every four years. Congress delegates modify and adopt by-laws, financial and budgetary rules and set the planning for the next term. The delegates of the Congress also elect the president and vicepresident of ČMOS PŠ.

Addressing socio-economic inequalities, building on multilingualism in the classroom, and exploring the potential benefits of non-formal education for more equity in the society, were among issues discussed at the annual SIRIUS Policy Conference ‘Inclusive education for all: From ideas to actions’ which took place on 7 May in Zagreb. As a member of the SIRIUS policy network on migrant education, ETUCE contributed to the Conference presenting the activities and preliminary findings of its social dialogue project ‘European Sectoral Social Partners in Education promoting effective integration of migrants and refugees in education’.

On Friday 10th May 2019, the fourth and final Steering Group Meeting for the OiRA project - Online Interactive Risk Assessment tool (2018-2019), took place in the International Trade Union House in Brussels, Belgium. The meeting gathered representatives of the European Trade Union Committee for Education (ETUCE) and the European Federation of Education Employers (EFEE), along with the EU-OSHA delegates.

On 17 May, ETUCE celebrates the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT). The event is celebrated across the world to raise awareness of LGBTI rights and violations. ETUCE strongly advocates for equal rights and combating homophobia, transphobia and discrimination within the education sector. ETUCE and EI advocate for quality education which is free from discrimination, stereotypes, unconscious biases, and language exclusion.

With social dialogue and collective bargaining being undermined across many European countries and globally; in the  context of deep societal changes originated in the broad political agenda for deregulation and fragmentation of the labour market and of society; with educational reforms changing the world of work of teachers and other education personnel, the case for trade union renewal could not be more compelling. On 9-10 May 2019, ETUCE member organisations from EU/EFTA and EU-candidate countries gathered in Brussels to discuss the threats to unions and their members as these challenges inevitably affect the strength of education unions to defend teachers from such attacks.

On 11 April 2019, the OECD published A Flying Start, a report which describes teacher education as one continuous process and proposes strategies for policy makers, teacher education institutions and schools with a view to supporting the implementation of sustainable initial teacher preparation (ITP) systems.